The City of Coppell is proud to announce that Kent Collins has been selected to serve as Deputy City Manager effective January 28, 2023. Collins has worked as the City’s Director of Public Works since 2018 and will replace Vicki Chiavetta who is retiring at the end of this week.
Collins has worked as an engineer, project manager, and director for 28 years at various organizations, including DFW Airport, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the City of Coppell from 1998-2000, and the Town of Flower Mound. During this time, he also served as the Assistant Town Manager of Flower Mound for nearly five years. He returned to the City of Coppell in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Engineering. Collins has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Certified Floodplain Manager.
“I’m thrilled with this opportunity to continue to be part of this great leadership team and support the organization on a broader level,” Collins said. “My goal each day is to provide the best service I can to the organization and community. I’m excited for the future and where we’re headed.”
During his time in Coppell, Collins has been involved in several major projects including the reconstruction of Freeport Pkwy. and Parkway Blvd., Denton Tap Rd. Intersection Improvements, and the reconstruction of S. Belt Line Rd. He was also instrumental in the development of the water system redundancy project, which is intended to provide emergency water supply to Coppell as well as allow for increased flexibility in the City’s water pumping operations.
“Kent’s previous leadership and extensive engineering experiences bring a fresh perspective to the Deputy City Manager position,” said City Manager Mike Land. “His ability to envision the big picture, stay calm under pressure, and champion his team are all assets that will benefit the community and the organization under his leadership.”
Collins lives in Grapevine with his wife Amy and twin 17-year-old daughters.