Carr named Assistant City Manager
The City of Jenks did not have to look far to find its new Assistant City Manager.
F. Robert Carr, Jr. has been a Jenks employee since 2004 as Director of Public Works, among other titles, and he hopes his new promotion will allow him to help any way he can.
“What I really want to help with is whatever needs to be done to accomplish what the city manager’s objectives are,” Carr said. “Because I’ve been in city government for a while, I have a pretty good understanding of how things need to happen and why. That’s the importance of my job.”
Carr has been working in municipal governments on and off since 1975. His first job was as Engineering Project Manager/Senior Sanitary Engineer in Newark, Delaware. From there, Carr worked in the Utilities Department for Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach, Florida.
He came to Oklahoma in 1992, taking a job with the City of Tulsa as a Professional Engineer. He moved on to Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Owasso in 1992. He held that position until 2004 when he started with Jenks.
“I think he’s going to do a great job,” city manager Christopher Shrout said Monday at the city council meeting. “He’s got a wealth of municipal knowledge. He’s worked for the city of Jenks for 15 years. We’re really excited to have him promoted.”
Carr’s history in city government has largely been in an engineering role. He brings this understanding of other departments with him as assistant city manager.
“I don’t see it to be a very difficult transition because most of the things I’m doing already; just adding a couple of areas that I’ll need to get up to speed on a little bit,” Carr said.
Carr’s newest duties include overseeing the planning department, communications, and everything in between. He hopes to bridge the gap between engineering and planning.
“Probably one of the biggest things that’s underneath me now (are) the planning department aspects,” Carr said. “Because I’ve been involved in engineering so long, planning and engineering don’t always see eye to eye on things. Engineering is a bit more black and white. Planning is a little more grey. I think this will be helpful to us here on the different things that we’re working on for development projects.”
Carr acknowledged there may have been others that could have done the job just as well, however, his experience with the City of Jenks was unparalleled.
“I’m sure there are other people who can be a fit like I am but from a city perspective, I’ve been here 15 years, I know a lot of the people,” Carr said. “It was pretty easy for me to transition to the position. I have a fairly good idea of what the city council and city manager are trying to accomplish.”