Amarillo, TX – Assistant City Manager Vicki Covey has been promoted to deputy city manager, a position that was vacated in November 2010 with the promotion of Jarrett Atkinson to city manager. Covey’s appointment was announced this morning.
“Vicki has demonstrated commitment to the City over the course of 35 years and, with that, she has a tremendous breadth of knowledge and expertise that make her a natural fit for this position,” Atkinson says.
In her previous role, Covey oversaw the day-to-day functions of several departments including Animal Control, Amarillo City Transit, Building Safety, Civic Center, Community Development and Housing, Environmental Health, Human Resources, Libraries, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Planning, Public Health and the Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition (WIC) Program.
“While this is rewarding for me personally and professionally, it also is an exciting time for the City of Amarillo,” Covey says. “This move will coincide with a restructuring of the City from an organizational standpoint, and will allow us to focus on Amarillo’s growth and development.”
As deputy city manager, Covey’s oversight will include the Office of Emergency Management, Amarillo Emergency Communications Center, Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Human Resources and Facilities. The division of Public Services will also remain under Covey’s supervision.
“I look forward to working closely with these departments and being a part of their planning processes and continued growth,” Covey says.
Covey began her career with the City in 1974 as a management analyst. She left only briefly, from 1977 to 1981, to work as a health planner with Panhandle Health Systems Agency (PRPC) and then as the community development administrator for the City of Lubbock. She returned in 1981 as Amarillo’s community development administrator, and has kept her roots firmly planted with the City of Amarillo ever since. Covey was promoted to assistant director of the City’s Community Services Division in 1991 and then to director in 2005 before being promoted to assistant city manager in 2009.
Covey is a member of Amarillo Executive Women, serves on the board of directors for Center City of Amarillo and is past president of Rotary Club of Amarillo East. The Panhandle Regional Planning Commission honored Covey in October with the Goodwin Regional Public Administrator Award for her public service and leadership to the region in a variety of capacities. Other recognitions include Amarillo Women’s Network Career Achievement Award, 1995 and 2004, Caprock High School, Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame and United Way 1996 President’s Significant Achievement Award.
Covey earned her degree in political Science from West Texas State University. She also completed the Certified Public Manager Program at the Center for Public Service at Texas Tech University in 2003, and has completed several courses in the National Incident Management System (NIMS).