Plano City Council members voted last night to appoint Mark Israelson as Plano’s new city manager. Israelson replaces City Manager Bruce Glasscock, who retires at the end of April.
“The Council and I are excited about what is to come,” said Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. “Mark combines innovative thinking with a genuine understanding of Plano's culture of excellence. Those qualities make him uniquely qualified to usher us into the future.”
He started his 19-year career with Plano as a budget analyst in October 1999. Israelson later served as assistant to the city manager, director of customer and utility services, assistant city manager and director of policy and government relations. He was named deputy city manager in 2015. Last May, Israelson was promoted to senior deputy city manager. Plano loaned his services to the City of Kilgore, Texas, serving as interim city manager for four months in 2015.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be selected by the City Council to lead this organization and be a part of the community I grew up in,” said Israelson. “I look forward to working with the Mayor, Council and staff to address the needs of the community and keep Plano the City of Excellence.
Glasscock says the organization will not miss a step in the transition. “I couldn't be happier council decided to appoint Mark,” said Glasscock. “Our organization prides itself on developing managers to advance internally. This is an excellent example of our success in this process. Mark has prepared himself over the years for this well-deserved appointment.”