Following a unanimous vote at their meeting on Tuesday evening, the Prosper Town Council announced today that Mario Canizares will serve as the new Town Manager of Prosper. Canizares brings with him decades of municipal government experience, most recently serving as City Manager for the City of Nacogdoches, Texas.
This announcement followed an extensive nationwide search led by Government Professional Solutions which was narrowed down to three finalists. Each applicant for the position was evaluated based on experience, education, accomplishments, presentation skills and knowledge of local government management. Last week, each of the three finalists had the opportunity to meet with the Town’s senior staff and community leaders in addition to taking a tour of Prosper prior to their final interview with the Prosper Town Council.
Canizares has served as City Manager for the City of Nacogdoches since 2020. Prior to this role, he served as both Deputy and Assistant City Manager for the City of Denton and Deputy City Manager for the City of Coppell, as well as Assistant City Manager for the City of Addison. Mr. Canizares earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and has a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of North Texas. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). Canizares and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters.
“I am thrilled to welcome Mario Canizares and his family to the Town of Prosper,” said Mayor David Bristol. “From our very first meeting, I have been so impressed with his knowledge, demeanor, experience, and his contagious passion for the opportunity to serve the people who live and work here. The Council and I are ready to work with Mario and see his leadership positively impact the future of the Town of Prosper.”
“For years, I have admired Prosper as a town that has found a unique way to hold true to its incredible heritage while pioneering its way through this exciting moment in time,” said newly hired Town Manager Mario Canizares. “I am humbled and honored to begin serving the residents, businesses, elected leaders, and employees of the Town of Prosper, and to become a part of the Prosper community. I pledge to honor those who helped guide us to where we are today as we boldly move toward the greatest days that are before us.”
Canizares will officially begin his role as Town Manager on February 20, 2023.