Dallas – City Manager T.C. Broadnax has announced the appointment of two new executives.
Nadia Chandler Hardy was named Chief of Community Services and Jon Fortune has been named an Assistant City Manager.
Hardy previously served as Assistant to the City Manager and Director of Neighborhood and Community Services for the City of Tacoma. In Tacoma, she established the TacomaFIRST (311) Center and spearheaded a citywide Ten-Year Vision and Strategic planning effort engaging more than 4,000 residents and community stakeholders. The effort culminated in adoption of “Tacoma2025”, the City’s guiding policy for service delivery, community development and government performance.
“I am excited to have Nadia join our team,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “Her unique adaptive leadership abilities will be a tremendous asset to the organization and the broader Dallas community.”
In Tacoma, Hardy led efforts to establish the City’s “Continuum of Services” for homelessness, mental health and workforce development programs. In addition, she worked to establish a partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority for development of a three-acre property into a campus for crisis residential housing.
“The opportunity to return to Texas to serve Dallas residents is an honor and a privilege,” she said. “I look forward to the work and great things we will accomplish together with our community partners, fellow Dallas residents and City leadership to enhance Dallas’ quality of life.”
Hardy earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She will begin her duties at the City on May 22.
Fortune brings more than 25 years of experience in local government; the past 17 years as Denton’s Assistant City Manager. A credentialed manager with the International City Management Association, he has a diverse portfolio of managing municipal operations.
“Dallas is a dynamic city, and I can think of no greater honor than to join the management team as an assistant city manager,” Fortune said. “Having dedicated my career to public service, I am excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Dallas.”
In Denton, Fortune provided leadership and oversight of Public Safety, Finance and Budget, Development Services, Utility operations, Denton Enterprise Airport, and Economic Development departments. He previously served as the Director of Management and Budget, Chief Finance Officer, and Management Services Administrator in Denton.
“Jon is a committed public service professional and has a portfolio of leading municipal operations across multiple disciplines,” said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. “I am looking forward to Jon joining our team as we continue our efforts to strengthen our leadership and management practices.”
As lead negotiator for Denton’s management team, he helped create the City’s first-ever Meet and Confer Agreements with Police and Fire associations. Jon led the development of a long-range financial planning process including Denton’s economic development efforts to expand commercial and industrial growth. In addition, Jon recently implemented an innovative landfill mining program to recover recyclable materials and reclaim valuable landfill space.
An Oklahoma native, he has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He begins his duties at the City of Dallas on May 30.