Georgetown hires two assistant city managers

Nov 1, 2021

After a nationwide recruitment search conducted by Affion Public, City Manager David Morgan has appointed Nick Woolery and Police Chief Wayne Nero as assistant city managers. Their first day will be Dec. 6.

Nero has served as interim assistant city manager since June 14. Assistant Police Chief Cory Tchida will continue to serve as interim police chief until this position is permanently filled.

“It has been an honor to serve Georgetown as the chief of police for the last decade,” Nero said. “The future of our police department is bright and in very capable hands. Georgetown is a special community, and I am excited to continue serving my community in a new role.”

Nero has served as Georgetown’s chief of police for the past 11 years. During that time, Nero and his executive team rebranded and successfully established an organizational culture that is vision-inspired, mission-driven, people-focused, and performance-based. Under his leadership, Georgetown has become the 153rd Texas law enforcement agency to achieve recognized status through the Texas Police Chief’s Best Practice Recognition Program. Nero holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and a Master of Professional Studies degree in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, a program offered in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School.

As assistant city manager, Nero will oversee several City departments, including police, fire, information technology, community services, and human resources and organizational development.

“Wayne Nero has been a key leader making a significant impact in our community and organization,” Morgan said. “I’m excited about his service in this new role.”

Woolery has served as assistant city manager for the City of Baytown, Texas, since 2019. He started with the City of Baytown in 2010 as assistant to the city manager. In 2014, he was promoted to interim public works director, and in 2015 became the City’s director of strategy and innovation, where he oversaw the City’s 5-year strategic plan. Woolery developed and oversaw the implementation of a $636 million comprehensive capital improvement program, launched a significant public engagement program, and implemented a process improvement and people empowerment program leading to more than $1 million in savings. He also has significant development experience executing agreements for residential, commercial, industrial, and hotel/convention projects. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from Washburn University.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join an already talented team and help positively impact the City’s future,” Woolery said.  “My family and I are looking forward to calling Georgetown home and being a part of such a special community.”

Woolery will shepherd development across Georgetown, overseeing the City’s planning, inspections, systems engineering, public works, special districts, and communications departments.

“Nick provided significant value in Baytown and will be a tremendous asset to Georgetown,” Morgan said. “His experience in organizational development and process improvement will be critical as we meet the ongoing demands of growth.”

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