David McCary Earns Top Spot Ending Black History Month

March 4, 2020

City Manager Walsh Appoints New Assistant City Manager in San Antonio



City Manager Erik Walsh announced on the last working day of Black History Month several executive appointments, including the promotion of David McCary to Assistant City Manager and the reorganization of the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department.



"David McCary is a dedicated public servant and a leader in every sense of the word," said Walsh. "His accomplishments within Solid Waste have impacted all San Antonians, and I'm excited to see what he can do in other areas of the City organization."


McCary, who happens to be African-American, has served as the Director of Solid Waste Management for the past 12 years. As a member of the Executive Team, he was instrumental in bringing automated cart collection services for recycling, organic, and trash collections to more than 355,000 San Antonio single family residential properties. In 2010, McCary developed the city's first Recycling and Resource Recovery Plan in 2010. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from LeTourneau University, and he is a Certified Public Manager. As Assistant City Manager, McCary will oversee Solid Waste, Office of Sustainability, 311, Animal Care Services and Building and Equipment Services. Walsh converted the vacant Deputy City Manager position for this appointment.



We reached out to Mr. McCary congratulating him on his position and also asked as the Asst. City Manager how may you see the future of San Antonio?  Mr. McCary stated, 


“As a new Assistant City Manager for the City of San Antonio, I am very fortunate to be a part of municipal government where I see co-workers giving their professional best every day to improve the quality of life for our San Antonio residents and our business community. I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to work with five high performing departments, led by five high performing directors. My span of control includes working with the Office of Sustainability, 311 City Information & Help, Animal Care Services, Solid Waste Management and Building and Equipment Services.

I am looking forward to advancing our customer facing with the public. It is imperative that we continue to add value to what we do through quality assurance techniques. We have to ensure we are effectively delivering our programs and services at the highest level possible for both external and internal customers. It is imperative that we leverage the right technology at the right time to become more efficient and deliberate. Public service is the reason we are here, and quality assurance is our deliverables.”


The SA Observer recognized the excellence of McCary and his Solid Waste Team during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey The Director sent half of his team to Houston to provide relief efforts while led his remaining team to keep San Antonio clean without missing a beat.  The SA Observer recognized the leadership of McCary in our salute entitled “Hurricane Harvey Unsung San Antonio Heroes” Oct 10th 2017.  


Likewise, after City Manager Erik Walsh was selected as City Manager, the Fair Contracting Coalition asked the new manager to add an African American to his city manager staff (‘FCC Meets with City Mgr, Erik Walsh’, which was void of representation under City Manager Sheryl Sculley.  Christopher Herring with the FCC states, “The promotion of Mr. McCary is a very good choice because of his career accomplishments, with a stellar record.   David has almost 13 years leading within the city and will greatly complement Mr. Walsh in his new duties.” 


We welcome the addition of Mr. David McCary into the senior position of the City of San Antonio.




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