Following an extensive national search, the Cleburne City Council has named a new city manager. Michael Marrero has been appointed for the City’s top leadership role after the retirement of the former city manager, Steve Polasek.
Marrero comes to the City of Cleburne with almost three decades of municipal government experience. He was formerly the city manager in Odessa, Texas. As city manager, Marrero oversaw approximately 1,000 employees, represented by 40 departments and divisions.
The Texas native was born and raised in the West Texas city and served the City of Odessa in various positions since 1994. As the Director of the Community Development and Neighborhood Development Services for the City of Odessa, Marrero and his staff were responsible for the administration and oversight of a variety of programs funded through grants and partnerships, including a variety of affordable housing assistance programs.
Marrero later became Odessa’s deputy city manager with oversight of several city departments—including Public Works, Utilities, Community Development, Code Enforcement, Keep Odessa Beautiful, Municipal Court, Building Inspections and Planning and Zoning—before being named city manager in 2018.
Marrero holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas Permian Basin, and a Master of Public Administration from Sul Ross State University. He has received various awards and recognitions for his work in his prior community including 2010 Community Statesman Award in Government, 2021 Friends of the Arts Award – Municipal Leadership, Odessa LINKS Leadership Award and many others.
He has also served in leadership positions on various non-profit organizations, including Odessa Christmas in April, Project Blue Print, Leadership Odessa, the Tri-Ethnic Committee for the Ector County Independent School District, Odessa Homeless Coalition, Main Street Odessa, Habitat for Humanity of Odessa, Odessa LINKS, Samaritan Counseling Center of West Texas, United Way of Odessa, and the Family Health Clinic.
In addition, Marrero served as Region 2 President of the Texas City Manager’s Association and is a member of the International City Manager’s Association.
Mayor Scott Cain said he was impressed by Marrero’s extensive background with experience in various aspects of the local municipal government. He noted that after conducting a nationwide search, Marrero was clearly the best fit and best next leader for the City of Cleburne.
“We’re continually striving to be the city by which others measure success,” said Mayor Cain. “Michael Marrero understands that vision and is ready to lead the way to make Cleburne even greater than it is, and we’re going to do that by always finding ways to get better.”
Marrero has a passion for public service and is excited to serve the citizens, staff and stakeholders of Cleburne in a way that preserves its history while positively advancing to the future.
“I am thrilled and honored to embark on this exciting journey as the next city manager for the vibrant and welcoming community of Cleburne. The opportunity to contribute to the growth and prosperity of this city is truly exciting,” said Marrero. “I am grateful to the City Council for entrusting in me such a vital position within this community. I look forward to seizing the days ahead and tackling any challenges head on. Together with the city staff, City Council and the citizens, we will write the next chapter of success for the City of Cleburne.”
Marrero will officially assume his new position on Tuesday, Jan. 16. He will spend his first months getting to know the people of the community and obtaining insight on general operations.