Bellaire will host a reception at 6 p.m. tonight (Aug. 1) for the public to meet Sharon L. Citino, the newly named city manager, who is due to start her job in two weeks.
The meet-and-greet will take place in the Civic Center, 7008 S. Rice Ave., preceding the 7 p.m. City Council meeting. Refreshments will be served.
Council unanimously voted at its July 11 meeting to appoint Citino to the position that had been vacant for nearly two years, with two different interim city managers filling the job after Paul Hofmann left in August 2020.
Citino is scheduled to start Aug. 15, but because Bellaire is in the middle of its budget process for the 2023 fiscal year, interim City Manager Deacon Tittel, the city’s fire chief, will continue on through Sept. 16.
Citino started her municipal government career in 2002 in Loveland, Colo., where she was an assistant city attorney. She became a senior assistant city attorney in Houston in 2015, and had served as Houston’s water planning director since 2018.
She earned a B.A. in history at Kenyon College, an M.A. in history from Marshall University, and her law degree from Ohio State University.
Citino will be the second woman to serve as Bellaire city manager. Lea Dunn had the city’s top job from 1990-95.