Deputy city manager retires after 22 years

December 24, 2022
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Mansfield’s Deputy City Manager Shelly Lanners is wrapping up her final days with the City of Mansfield after having served the community for 22 years, capping a 34-year career in public service.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to serve this community,” Lanners said. “We build great facilities, we have a great community, and we have great people who live here. It’s been a wonderful career here.”

Lanners attributes her work ethic to her PaPa and wanting to make him proud. Lanners grew up in the farm town of Sunray before moving to the DFW Metroplex upon completion of her post-graduate studies at West Texas A&M University.

Lanners began her 22-year career with the City of Mansfield in Parks and Recreation in August 2000. She has served multiple roles including Recreation Superintendent, Parks and Recreation Director, Community Services Director and Deputy City Manager.

Through the course of her career, Lanners has supported departments like Parks and Recreation, Library and Historical Services, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The things that make a community a community are its park system, special events, the experiences we provide over and above the basic services; and Shelly Lanners has been vital to all those things,” City Manager Joe Smolinski said. “So when you notice Mansfield is a special place to be, that it’s a special hometown, we have Shelly to thank for a lot of that.”

In recognition of Lanners’ contributions to Mansfield, the will name the Parks and Recreation and Convention and Visitors Bureau administrative offices, 1164 Matlock Road, the Shelly D. Lanners Administrative Offices in her honor.

“I have had a job since I was 14 years old and I’m ready to relax,” Lanners said. “I plan to travel with my partner for extended vacations seeing major league ballparks and national parks.”

Lanners’ last day with the city is officially Jan. 6.

Following Lanners’ retirement, Chief Financial Officer Troy Lestina will assume the role of Deputy City Manager.

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