WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls has a new Assistant City Manager, and he's already hard at work.
On Monday, Paul Menzies, a native Wichitan who graduated from Notre Dame High School took over in his new role.
He's spent 17 years working in local government in League City, Harlingen, and Kerrville.
"For me, it goes way beyond just the position of Assistant City Manager being that this is home," Menzies said. "I have a family history here of service in this community. And just being able to continue that is an absolute thrill for me."
Coming home was especially important to Menzies after his father passed away last year.
"At the time I had kind of thought you know what, if there's ever an opportunity to come back I should probably think about that," he said. "And here it is less than a year later."
Menzies will focus on the budget and report on the progress being made to the city's strategic goals. But one of the main reasons he's in The Falls is to help with community development and the downtown revitalization efforts.
"Your downtown is your calling card," Menzies said. "Folks that come to Wichita Falls, or any city, they don't generally go out to the suburbs and talk about that. They go to the downtown and that's what they remember."
He said he's excited to see downtown grow, and added it's something near and dear to his heart.
"My grandfather worked and retired from First Wichita, which was in big blue for all those years," Menzies said. "So when you talk about downtown in its heyday, I remember some of that."
He believes the Central Business District and all of Wichita Falls can be bigger and better than it's ever been.
"I can only hope to just leave things better than the way I found them," Menzies said.
The Assistant City Manager position was created after Wichita Falls got rid of their Parks and Recreation position and gave those responsibilities to Deputy City Manager Jim Dockery.
Menzies said he wants to be as transparent as he can and encourages citizens to call or email if they ever have any questions.