Cibolo is beginning to look for its next city manager after the current manager, Robert Herrera, told city leaders he would not seek to extend his contract that expires in May.
The city on Feb. 5 announced the news about Herrera’s planned departure. City Council voted unanimously Jan. 26 to have Mayor Stosh Boyle and City Attorney Frank Garza work with an executive search firm JG Consulting to initiate a process and find Herrera’s successor.
In the press release, Herrera said that after serving as Cibolo city manager for nine years, it was time to move on. He’s one of the longest serving city managers or administrators in the Metrocom area.
“The city of Cibolo has been a beacon of growth in the area and I am honored to have been an active role in that,” Herrera said.
“This city has been my home for a considerable amount of time, and I wish nothing but success for the current and future leaders of this city. I am excited for this next chapter in my career and look forward to continuing my role as a public servant for years to come.”
During Herrera’s tenure, Cibolo landed a deal with automotive transmission manufacturer AW Texas to bring $400 million in capital investment with 900 jobs by building a 500,000-square-foot facility. It’s one of Cibolo’s biggest economic development projects to date.
Current estimates show the AW Texas project generating a net benefit of nearly $11 million in revenue to the city over 10 years, including annual salaries totaling $40 million at full operation.
Cibolo has also partnered with YMCA to open a 26,400-square-foot facility with a ball field complex, and plans to open a Miracle League Field with funding through bond monies and community partnerships, such as the YMCA.
City officials said Herrera’s steady leadership helped much of Cibolo’s economy to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, with sales tax revenue rising in 2020 and 18 new businesses opening their doors in the past year.
Cibolo City Hall remained open and fully staffed during the emergency declaration enacted by the council.
“All of our employees are essential, and we are here to show the businesses and citizens of Cibolo that we continue our public service during trying times,” said Herrera.
“Cibolo has been home to exponential growth over the last nine years under City Manager Herrera. We plan to use this growth as a building block to continue Cibolo’s success,” Mayor Stosh Boyle added.
The council plans to recognize Herrera for his service to the community closer to the end of his contract.
Herrera has more than 30 years of city management experience. He remains active in professional organizations, including Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP) board of trustees, and the Texas City Management Association.