BARC Gets A New General Manager -- Update
David Atencio, a former regional sales manager for 24 Hour Fitness, has been hired as the general manager for the embattled Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care.
A press conference will be held at 1:30 at City Hall, according to an e-mail from Mayor Bill White's Office.
Atencio's name has been batted around for weeks, but BARC spokeswoman Elena Marks did not respond to repeated requests by the Houston Press to confirm rumors that Atencio was the chosen candidate. (On December 2, Marks told the Press that a new director had not been hired. She declined to respond to two requests to officially state that the city had not narrowed down the list of applicants to one person. Atencio did not return a phone call by the Press made earlier this week).
We don't know much about the 46-year-old Atencio. Hopefully we'll be able to find out more this afternoon, and in the weeks ahead. However, as Marks and Interim Bureau Chief Gerry Fusco have essentially shut down communications with the Press, we're not exactly optimistic.
Update: We didn't learn much about Atencio at the press conference, other than the fact that he has "over 20 years [of] business management experience overseeing large, complex operations in which he has successfully led and developed employees and built customer relations," according to a press release.
Atencio had this to say:
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