After nearly 35 years of service to two Hill Country cities, Boerne’s longtime Assistant City Manager retired Friday.
Linda S. Zartler started with the city in Dec. 1995 as the City Secretary. Over the next 24 years, her title and responsibilities would continue to increase as she grew professionally within the city.
In 1997, she was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager, then Senior Asst. to the City Manager and again as Assistant City Manager-General Services in April 2013.
City Manager Ron Bowman says it best when describing Zartler’s time and impact at the city.
“She was a consummate public servant. Always looking to have high standards and do the right thing for the greater good. Her dedication never wavered, and her loyalty and support were invaluable,” Bowman said. “She will be missed.”
Most recently she oversaw the city’s largest capital improvement project with the addition of the newly constructed City Hall and Boerne Utilities Building.
The $22 million project began in 2018 and wrapped up in early 2020. According to the most recent financial report, the project came in under budget, a testament to her abilities to coordinate with various partners and responsibly manage the taxpayers’ dollars.
As Assistant City Manager, she developed and administered policies and procedures, oversaw recruitment, employee relations, and compensation, including benefits.
The departments under her purview have included the Administration Department, Human Resources, Code Enforcement, Animal Control, Municipal Court, Communications, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Information Technology and the Patrick Heath Public Library.
She additionally supported the City Manager in the oversight of the Police and Fire Departments.
Prior to joining the City of Boerne, she served as City Supervisor for the Fair Oaks Ranch, where she served the community for 10 years.
While retiring from full-time service to the city, Zartler will continue to work part-time until her replacement is hired and oversee the final touches that need to be completed on the new City Hall.