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Interim City Manager

Dan O'Leary, Interim City Manager

Dan O’Leary comes to Cleburne with over 35 years of municipal experience.  He started his career as a firefighter in San Marcos, Texas in 1979.  Working his way up the ranks of the department, he became the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of San Marcos in 1988.  The City of San Marcos experienced several community-wide flooding events during his tenure as Fire Chief, including the flood of 1998 when 25% of the community had to be evacuated from rising flood waters from the San Marcos and Blanco rivers.

After 13 years as Fire Chief, Dan was asked by his City Council to take the vacant City Manager position in San Marcos in 2002 even though he had not applied for the position.  During this strong economic time, Dan oversaw many large public and private developments during his City Manager term in San Marcos including, a 50 million dollar Embassy Suites hotel and conference center, a 50 million dollar expansion/renovation of the San Marcos Outlet Mall, the construction of the first two railroad overpasses in the community, two major retail power centers, and the construction of a city water park developed from a dam failure on the San Marcos River.

In late 2008, Dan accepted the job as City Manager in Keller, Texas.  The recession was just underway and Dan led the city through a painful re-sizing of the local organization in response to a downturned economy.  Despite the poor economy he led the community effort to rebuild and expand two major roadway projects that led through the heart of the city.  A small renaissance of “Old Town” Keller also occurred during his tenure with several independent restaurants opening in old historical Keller buildings despite the poor economy.

Dan retired from the City of Keller in 2012.  He began a transition to the retirement life by working in interim positions and doing a little teaching.  He spent most of 2013 as the City Manager in Duncanville, Texas and in 2014 taught History and Bible classes at a small Christian School in Haslet near his home.

In February this year, Dan was asked to be the Interim City Manager here in Cleburne.

Dan has been married to his wife Brenda O’Leary for 37 years.  They have three grown children and one grandchild.

Steve Polasek
City Manager

10 N. Robinson St.
P.O. Box 677
Cleburne, TX 76033

Phone: 817-645-0901

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