By Juan Garcia
Assistant News Director
The San Marcos City Manager’s office is implementing temporary changes to it’s leadership staff following the retirement of longtime Assistant City Manager Collette Jamison. Stephanie Reyes, the former City Manager Chief-of-Staff, was appointed to take Jamison’s place in the interim, while former Police Chief Chase Stapp was appointed interim Director of Public safety.
For Reyes, the new position comes with the added responsibility of overseeing Parks and Recreation and Destination Services. For Director Stapp, the added responsibilities of his new job are more significant. This newly created position will have him oversee San Marcos police, fire, emergency management, municipal court and neighborhood enhancement. Director Stapp said he welcomes the learning process that this new position brings him.
“I’ve been a police employee for almost 28 years and I was still enjoying that, but the learning process slows down after you have been doing something for that long. What I am seeing in this role is that I’m learning things about other departments that I didn’t know. It’s been sort of rejuvenating to get to do that,” Stapp said.
Stapp’s appointment is still a temporary one, and his performance will be reviewed in February to see if the city wants to move forward with him in the position permanently. In his absence, Robert Clett is taking over as acting police chief. He brings almost 30 years experience in the force to his new position. New Director Stapp is confident in Klett’s ability to lead his old department.
“I think what he brings to the table is stability, and also a really deep knowledge of the processes and the people at San Marcos PD. He also brings to the table a very level headed demeanor and a lot of institutional knowledge,” Stapp said.
Assistant City Manager Steve Parker will continue to serve in his current role as the other assistant city manager, overseeing Community & Economic Development departments including Engineering/CIP, Planning & Development Services and Library, General Services including the Airport, Fleet and Transit operations, and Public Services.
Featured image by Juan Garcia.