The City of McKinney’s Assistant Director of Development Services, Jack Carr, is set to leave McKinney next week and become Plano’s Director of Engineering. Carr has worked for the City of McKinney since 1980, spending nearly three decades as the city’s Director of Engineering.
Carr spoke with TownSquareBuzz.com as he prepares to leave the only job he’s known for 33 years. Carr told TSB that he’s never considered taking another position in another city until this opportunity in Plano arose. “Plano has been a source of benchmark development criteria for us in McKinney for quite a while,” Carr told TSB. “We always looked at Plano as a model city. This was a good opportunity and a good move for me.”
Carr said his reluctance over the years to move to another city was due to the growth of McKinney. He said that when he started working in McKinney, the city had just over 16,000 residents. He’s seen the city’s population grow to nearly 10 times its size in his time in McKinney. “My ability grew as the city grew,” Carr said. “Now it’s time to take my experience to work a larger city. It’s a long time to be in one position. It seemed like the next logical step for me.”
As Director of Engineering, he played an integral part in the city’s development. His areas of oversight included land development, utility engineering, traffic engineering, flood plan management, storm water drainage, and management of capital improvement projects.
“I was here when Eldorado was first approved,” Carr said. “It was just a mass of trees. I was part of the city taking it from very little activity west of 75 and now you have Craig Ranch, Eldorado and Stonebridge. I was part of the team that put the downtown area together. I take a lot of pride in that. It was very rewarding to be part of that team.”
City Manager Jason Gray told TSB that Carr’s knowledge and experience are irreplaceable. “Jack Carr has not only been an integral piece of McKinney’s growth and high quality development over the past three decades, he is above all a good man,” Gray said. “Jack’s depth of knowledge of hundreds of developments within McKinney cannot be replaced. His constant professionalism, integrity, and sense of public service will be truly missed by the City of McKinney. We wish him very well in his new role at the City of Plano.”
Carr said he is looking forward to working for a larger city that presents different types of challenges than McKinney does. “Plano is reaching build-out,” Carr said. “The roadways are getting older and reaching the end of their lifespan. I’ll get reconstruct the infrastructure of something that’s reached the end of its design life.”
Carr will be taking over as Plano’s Director of Engineering on Dec. 2. “I had no desire to move from the North Texas area,” Carr said. “It was a perfect match for me. It takes me to the next step of my career and my life. It gives me the next level of challenge.”