WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls city leaders are putting an emphasis on downtown and community development and shaking up their staff to meet those needs.
Dana Schoening is the city's new Director of Community Development.
"It was a way for me to get into a nice community-minded community," Schoening said. "And I'm coming home a bit. So I made an application and was lucky enough to be asked to come here and be the director of the department."
He has spent over 20 years working in community development in Abilene, Duncan, Oklahoma, and at the University of Wisconsin.
He believes the job will provide him with a great opportunity and challenge to continue to meet the city's needs, grow downtown, and the community.
"I'm an advocate for downtowns and would really like to see us continue our efforts to become a real viable, vibrant downtown for our citizens and visitors," Schoening said.
But that's not all he has in store. He wants to continue to beautify the city and improve quality of life.
"Your first impressions to your community or others that are coming into the community have a lot to say, I believe, for how your community develops," Schoening said.
"Get a good sense of what the community likes because that gives you a really good area in which you want to work towards," he added. "Because the community is the community."
Schoening also wants to provide a good variety of housing options and grow the community. He wants residents to know he's here for them.
"I'm really working for the citizens of this city," he said. "So I'm going to do what I can to provide those quality of life assets, those kinds of things that the community would like to have here."
That wasn't the only change that was made. Paul Menzies is the new Assistant City Manager and Monday was his first day. He will work with the budget, on the city's strategic goals, and on other special projects.
City Manager Darron Leiker said they felt re-organization of the city positions was necessary to address the needs that came out of their strategic planning session in February.