After an extensive search and interview process, Roanoke City Council announced today their selection of Robert S. Cowell, Jr. as City Manager for the City of Roanoke. Council adopted a resolution hiring Mr. Cowell at today’s 2 p.m. City Council meeting.
Mr. Cowell currently serves as Deputy City Manager of Amarillo, Texas, a full-service local government with a staff of 2,100 and an annual budget of $300 million. “Our reports and interviews have shown that Bob Cowell is extremely informed on issues in Amarillo and is the one people look to for details behind the issues,” says David Trinkle, Roanoke City Council Personnel Committee chair. “In addition, his reputation as an engaged, respected and inclusive problem-solver came through very clearly during our research process. He was repeatedly described as a listener, one that is always calm under pressure and seeks innovative solutions to move the city forward.” Mr. Cowell began with the City of Amarillo in 2013. During his tenure, he led the city’s Executive Team, appointed department directors, provided strategic direction for organizational activities, assisted in the budget and financial management of the city, and handled the Capital Investment Program development and implementation. Prior to his current position, Mr. Cowell served in a variety of leadership roles elsewhere in Texas and in communities in the Midwest. “We are fortunate to have found a leader like Bob who can help City Council take Roanoke to the next level,” says Mayor Sherman Lea. “His vision and insight will be essential to our continued growth and success as an All-America City.” City Council is impressed by Mr. Cowell’s 20-plus years of experience helping communities achieve success through strategic planning and thoughtful implementation of ideas affirmed through community engagement. His strong background in planning and development will be an important asset to Roanoke’s local government.