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Norman City Council appoints Darrel Pyle as next City Manager

The Norman City Council voted to appoint Darrel Pyle as the next City Manager at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Pyle will succeed Mary Rupp, who has served as the Interim City Manager since October 2018.  
“As a Council, we are excited to welcome Darrel Pyle to Norman as our new City Manager,” said Mayor Lynne Miller. “This position is critical to the proper functioning of our city government, and we see in Darrel a really positive fit with his many years of city manager experience, his optimism and his eagerness to get started. We see Darrel as a person who will not only work hard on the daily activities of running the city but will do a great job in working with our many partners and the public in general.”
The City Manager is the chief administrative officer in Norman’s council-manager form of government. The City Manager reports directly to City Council and oversees day-to-day operations of the city, a staff of 883 employees and a budget of $265 million. 
Pyle, 53, served as the city manager for the City of Hanford, California since 2012. He began his career in local government in 1993 as an assistant finance director for the city of Visalia, California and has worked for cities in California as a finance director or city manager since that time. He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in business administration and accounting from California State University.
“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve the Norman public,” Pyle said. “I fell in love with the city’s vibrant community when my son was a student at the University of Oklahoma and have looked for an opportunity to move here ever since. I look forward to meeting residents and business leaders and becoming part of the community.  My wife and I are thrilled to call Norman home soon.” 
As City Manager for Hanford, Pyle was responsible for the daily operations of a full-service municipal government with 290 full-time employees and a budget of $71 million. He negotiated economic development agreements for projects that resulted in the creation of new jobs and industries in the city. 
The City Council appointed Pyle after a national search conducted by the executive recruitment firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.  
The Council interviewed six candidates in executive session in April and had a second interview with Pyle in executive session in May. 
The Council set Pyle’s annual base salary at $170,000. He will assume his new role on July 15.  

The Norman City Council voted to appoint Darrel Pyle as the next City Manager at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Pyle will succeed Mary Rupp, who has served as the Interim City Manager since October 2018.  

“As a Council, we are excited to welcome Darrel Pyle to Norman as our new City Manager,” said Mayor Lynne Miller. “This position is critical to the proper functioning of our city government, and we see in Darrel a really positive fit with his many years of city manager experience, his optimism and his eagerness to get started. We see Darrel as a person who will not only work hard on the daily activities of running the city but will do a great job in working with our many partners and the public in general.”

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer in Norman’s council-manager form of government. The City Manager reports directly to City Council and oversees day-to-day operations of the city, a staff of 883 employees and a budget of $265 million. 

Pyle, 53, served as the city manager for the City of Hanford, California since 2012. He began his career in local government in 1993 as an assistant finance director for the city of Visalia, California and has worked for cities in California as a finance director or city manager since that time. He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in business administration and accounting from California State University.

“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve the Norman public,” Pyle said. “I fell in love with the city’s vibrant community when my son was a student at the University of Oklahoma and have looked for an opportunity to move here ever since. I look forward to meeting residents and business leaders and becoming part of the community.  My wife and I are thrilled to call Norman home soon.” 

As City Manager for Hanford, Pyle was responsible for the daily operations of a full-service municipal government with 290 full-time employees and a budget of $71 million. He negotiated economic development agreements for projects that resulted in the creation of new jobs and industries in the city. 

The City Council appointed Pyle after a national search conducted by the executive recruitment firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.  

The Council interviewed six candidates in executive session in April and had a second interview with Pyle in executive session in May. 

The Council set Pyle’s annual base salary at $170,000. He will assume his new role on July 15.