City of Texarkana, Texas announces promotions

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PHOTO: (From left to right) Vashil Fernandez, Kevin Schutte, Dusty Henslee, J.W. Bramlett

TEXARKANA — The city of Texarkana, Texas city manager David Orr has announced several director level promotions and named two assistant city managers.

Police chief Kevin Schutte and director of public works Dusty Henslee will keep their respective roles but take on additional duties as assistant city managers.

Vashil Fernandez and J.W. Bramlett have been promoted from their interim roles of director of planning and community development and director of administrative services to permanent roles.

Fernandez began working for the city in November 2019 as a community development specialist.

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In May 2021, he was promoted to interim director of planning and community development.

Fernandez received a bachelor of science in business administration from Valparaiso University in 2014, and his master of science in international commerce and policy in 2015 and a second master of science in international economics and finance in 2016.

Bramlett is a 2007 graduate from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He obtained his certified professional designation in 2020 from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Bramlett has been employed with the city since 2016 where he served as the deputy emergency management coordinator before transitioning into a role within the human resources department. Since joining human resources, Bramlett has managed the city’s recruitment process, performance management program, and professional development programs.

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