Kent Myers, PHD, joined the team of professionals at Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) following a 44 year of career in leadership positions in city governments located in four different states. He brings to SPI a passion for public service and a desire to help communities realize their full potential.
Dr. Myers began his public sector career in various positions with the East Texas Council of Governments. He was then appointed city manager in Converse, Texas. As City Manager, he was able to launch numerous new initiatives including development of the City’s first zoning code and comprehensive personnel management program. He also developed several successful bond programs that were approved by local voters.
From Texas, Dr. Myers was recruited for the city manager position in Casa Grande, Arizona where he served for about five years. Casa Grande is a major economic center located mid-way between Phoenix and Tucson. At the time, the city was experiencing major customer service problems that he was able to resolve with an expanded approach to communications with local citizens. He also played an instrumental role in recruiting new business to the community.
His longest tenure as a city manager occurred in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he served for 14 years. During this time, the city constructed the largest convention facility in Arkansas and developed a new theme park along with many other capital improvements. He was an active member of the Arkansas Municipal League (AML) Executive Committee and was awarded a life membership in AML.
Dr. Myers left Arkansas for Washington State where he served as City Manager in Port Angeles. His primary focus in Port Angeles was economic development and downtown revitalization. After leaving that position, he came back to Texas to serve as City Manager for Fredericksburg, over the past ten years. The city realized a lot of positive changes during his tenure as City Manager including major tourism development, historic preservation, and infrastructure improvements. During his employment in Fredericksburg, he also served on the Board of the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA).
He holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Christian University. His doctoral degree is from Our Lady of the Lake University.