The City of Granbury is pleased to announce that Chester Nolen is the new director of the Public Works Department. Nolen has been serving as Interim Director of the department since October 2022.
Nolen has more than 51 years of government leadership experience, having begun his municipal government career with the City of Odessa in 1972. He has held a wide variety of positions with the cities of Bloomfield (NM), and the Texas cities of Harlingen, Hereford, Cleburne, Glen Rose and Bridgeport.
He earned a B.B.A. in Business from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX. He has studied International Relations and Public Administration at the graduate level. Mr. Nolen is a Certified Public Manager through Southwest Texas State University.
"After working on an interim basis with the great team at the City of Granbury, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join them in a more permanent capacity,” said Nolen. “I look forward to working with the citizens of Granbury and playing a key role in the continued expansion of our infrastructure."
Nolen’s three top priority projects in the coming year are the East Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Crockett Street upgrades and the Old Acton Highway project.
“The City of Granbury is fortunate to have someone with Chester Nolen’s decades of experience, public works expertise, and knowledge of Granbury and Hood County become a candidate for the Public Works Director position,” said City Manager Chris Coffman. “Although we did a nationwide search, the best candidate was already here.”
As Public Works Director, Nolen will oversee the Engineering, Metering, Streets, Water and Wastewater departments.