July 12, 2022

Introducing City Manager Sharon L. Citino

Sharon L. Citino
Following a nationwide search that attracted candidates from far and wide, we ended up finding our next City Manager just a few blocks away.  A resident of Braeswood Place and a Bellaire High School parent, Sharon Citino is already very familiar with our community and jumped at the opportunity to serve in this role.  She’s got a wealth of municipal experience spanning more than 20 years, with a strong track record of leadership and team building, and has demonstrated the skills and temperament the City Council was looking for.

A self-proclaimed “committed public servant and local government geek,” Sharon started her municipal career as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Loveland, Colorado.  There, she worked with and gained exposure to pretty much all city departments and functions, and regularly advised the City Council and citizen boards and commissions.  As a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston, she

Meet and Greet
Reception

August 1, 6:00 p.m.

developed particular legal expertise in all things water, and was involved in water and wastewater infrastructure projects, operations and maintenance.  That experience led to her most recent position as Houston Water Planning Director, in which she has grown further as an executive leader and manager.

Whether as an attorney or a director, over the course of her career Sharon has undertaken a variety of responsibilities across multiple subject matters, all of which have prepared her for the job of City Manager.  But she also knows what she doesn’t know, and is eager to learn.  She’s clearly talented and capable, and exudes enthusiasm for her work and for serving the community.

Council is confident we’ve found the right person at the right time to lead our city.  As we continue working internally to reinvigorate the organization and reset our relationship with staff, Sharon brings a fresh perspective and a bottom-up approach to leadership that involves every employee in the mission while sharing accountability for results.  Externally, Sharon’s established relationships with other entities in our area and her familiarity with and understanding of our shared regional challenges will undoubtedly be of benefit to Bellaire moving forward.

In announcing the appointment of our next City Manager, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to recognize Chief Deacon Tittel for the outstanding job he’s done as Interim City Manager.  He really stepped up and embraced the role, and has brought a measure of stability and continuity during this time of change.  Well regarded and respected by his colleagues, Deacon has led them capably and professionally, while serving residents with the same responsiveness and care he’s always shown.  He returns to his post at the Fire Station with a new set of skills and an enhanced working knowledge of local government.

This has been a long time coming and Council could not be more excited, unanimous in our selection and united behind her.  We look forward to introducing Sharon Citino to the community at a special reception on August 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center.  Come out and meet your new City Manager, and join us in welcoming her to Bellaire!

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