After a nation-wide search, the Forney City Council voted to appoint Tony Carson as the new City Manager of Forney during the June 28 special meeting. Carson is currently serving as the City Manager in Pekin, Illinois, having been with the City of Pekin since November 2016.
Mayor Rick Wilson and the City Council were unified in conveying the qualities the new Forney City Manger must possess to Keller-based Strategic Government Relations (SGR), who performed the search. These prioritized criteria included experience as a city manager or assistant city manager in a premier quality-of-life community, a track record of success in high quality economic development, and a proven commitment in creating a successful organizational culture that is passionate about customer service. The qualified candidate must also be an authentic leader who has the ability to motivate and inspire employees while creating a positive and productive workplace with a history of results-oriented management excellence, and a serious commitment to be a good steward of taxpayer resources.
Mr. Carson has more than 20 years’ experience in local government. Besides currently serving as the City Manager in Pekin, IL, he has worked in Painesville, OH, Berlin, MD, Fenwick Island, DE and Trumbull County, OH. Mr. Carson has a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University and a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University. He has been an ICMA Credentialed Manager since 2008 and along with his local government experience, he has owned successful businesses in the private sector.
Assistant City Manager Wendle Medford will continue to act as the interim City Manager until Carson’s appointment.