The Humble City Council selected Assistant City Manager Jason Stuebe to serve as the new Humble city manager at a special council meeting Jan. 11. The meeting was called on short notice with the express purpose to select and fill the vacant position as 2018 gets underway.

The previous city manager, Darrell Boeske, retired in December after many years of service to the city. Following a brief executive session to discuss the candidates for the job, Mayor Merle Aaron called the public meeting to order to conduct the formal vote of the council. He explained that the selection committee, made up of Director of Public Works Barry Brock, Councilman Allan Steagall and himself, looked in depth at a lot of candidates, more than 50.

“We are going to recommend to the city that we hire Jason Stuebe as our new city manager,” said Aaron. The council unanimously concurred with a motion to hire Stuebe.

Following the vote, Aaron said, “We have a good young staff man and I am looking forward to the city being the bright spot on the north side of Harris County as it has always been. Jason, welcome to your new job. ”

Stuebe said, “I want to thank the mayor and the council for having faith in me for this job. I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities we have here. The reason this decision to accept is so easy is that we have a tremendous staff here. They may not always have the tools but they always manage to get the job done. They amaze me every day.”

Stuebe is, as Aaron said, a good young man for the job. He brings four years of experience as the city’s assistant manager, working closely with Boeske and directly with the mayor, the council and the entire staff of the City of Humble. Born and raised in Danville, Ill., he also brings new perspectives and real academic value to the position, having earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Stuebe came to Texas in search of job opportunities and has clearly succeeded. He is married to Lindsay, a Texas A & M graduate. They currently have one boy, 3-and-a-half years old, and a second baby is expected in early February.

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