Leslie Black Whitehouse City Manager

The city of Whitehouse will soon have a new chief administrator.

Whitehouse Mayor Charles Parker announced Friday that Leslie Black will become Whitehouse’s next city manager, according to a news release from the city.

“I am truly excited for the future of our city to welcome Leslie Black to our community as our new city manager. She will bring a ton of energy, drive and initiative, and will push Whitehouse forward toward our vision. We believe that her professionalism and knowledge are key ingredients to our future success,” Parker said.

A highly experienced city management professional, Black comes to Whitehouse from Sunnyvale, where she has served for eight years as the interim town manager, assistant town manager and town secretary. Prior to Sunnyvale, Black served in the cities of Kaufman and Belton.

Black obtained her master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Stephen F. Austin State University.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the city manager for the city of Whitehouse from such a competitive group of candidates,” Black said. “My family and I are excited to return to the East Texas area and continue the great work in the community.”

Whitehouse selected a panel of local executives to assist in conducting the extensive search.

Interim City Manager Jennifer Lusk was key in coordinating and scheduling candidates, and helping the council and the committee throughout the process, according to the news release.

“Jennifer has filled the vacancy incredibly well during our vacancy,” Parker said. “I am very thankful for how she stepped up to help us in so many ways. She is a tremendous asset for our city.”

Black will begin her duties Dec. 2.

An opportunity to meet the new city manager will be held Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Montez Creekside Kitchen, 1010 Texas Highway 110 North in Whitehouse.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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