(June 17, 2021) A tenured deputy city manager is retiring and a familiar face returns to Frisco City Hall as a deputy city manager. Nell Lange, Deputy City Manager, is retiring after 39 years of public service, including the last 20 in the City of Frisco. Ron Patterson, president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC), returns to City Hall as a deputy city manager. George Purefoy, City Manager, says he asked Patterson to return to City Hall considering his projected retirement (June 2022) and Lange’s retirement. Purefoy says Lange will be ‘sorely missed’.
“Back in 2001, then Assistant City Manager Curtis Hawk came to me and candidly shared his assessment of our finances, adding we needed a seasoned professional to take Frisco to the next level,” said Purefoy. “A few months later, he (Hawk) recommended we hire Nell (Lange) as the Finance Director. Hawk’s recommendation was ‘spot on’ about Nell being the best person to lead Frisco to financial excellence.”
In March 2007, Purefoy promoted Lange to Assistant City Manager. This past January, she was promoted to Deputy City Manager. During her Frisco career, she has administered the city’s annual budget and debt service. Lange also superintended numerous departments, as well as key city functions including: Financial Services, Purchasing, Risk Management, Fleet Services, Building Services, Human Resources, Revenue Collections, Municipal Court, Budget & Treasury, Social Services and the City Secretary’s Office.
Under Lange’s leadership, the City of Frisco achieved the highest municipal bond ratings awarded by both Moody’s (Aaa) and Standard & Poor’s (AAA). During Lange’s tenure, Frisco received both the Texas State Comptroller’s Gold and Platinum Leadership Circle Awards on numerous occasions for transparency efforts.
“The personnel Nell has brought on board over the years have proven what a great leader she is,” said Purefoy. “As great of a leader as she’s been for Frisco, Nell is an even better person. She will be sorely missed, but we wish her the absolute best as she goes forward.”
“I feel so blessed to have spent the last 20 years of my career here at the City of Frisco,” said Lange. “It has been an amazing time, watching this city grow into the organization it is today. I have worked with some very talented people and learned a lot along the way. I met a lot of people, developed many friendships and have thoroughly enjoyed working here.” Lange’s last day is June 18.
Patterson returns to City Hall June 21 in a new role as a Deputy City Manager. Jason Ford is promoted to president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation.
Purefoy says Patterson is more than experienced to take on a Deputy City Manager role. “Plus, he brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to take economic development to a higher level by aligning the city’s engineering and planning efforts with the work being done by the FEDC staff.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Frisco with this return to the City Manager’s Office. I am very blessed to be part of such a great team of professionals,” said Patterson.
Patterson joins Henry Hill, as a Deputy City Manager. In his new role, Patterson will oversee Development Services, Engineering Services and Economic Development.
“When I do leave, this alignment provides a great performer with the knowledge of what’s been done in the past to provide the new city manager the best structure for success,” said Purefoy.
Moving forward, Purefoy’s team includes Hill and Patterson as deputy city managers and Ben Brezina,Assistant City Manager.