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Posted on: December 7, 2021

City of Dickinson to Focus on Customer Service, Communication, and Strategic Land Development


City of Dickinson to Focus on Customer Service, Communication, and Strategic Land Development With Four Positions, Three New

As the City of Dickinson embarks on a long-term initiative to rebuild infrastructure and build new assets to mitigate flooding, encourage high-quality development, streamline internal processes, and improve traffic safety, four key positions have been filled, three of which are new to the City. The City now has an Assistant City Manager, a Director of Communications, a Senior Planner, and our first female Fire Marshal. 

In a commitment to serving the public with excellence, City Manager Theo Melancon created these new positions to instill trust and camaraderie within the organization and our community. "Since joining the City, I knew these positions were key to accomplishing our long-term mission," said Theo. "The vast experience that all four of these individuals bring to the collective table, combined with the vision set forth by Council and City staff, is going to mark a growth point for the City of Dickinson. I look forward to collaborating with them all as we set our sights on a bright future for the City."

Assistant City Manager- Chaise Cary

The City's new Assistant City Manager, Chaise Cary, comes to Dickinson with an extensive background in City management and deep Dickinson roots. Cary is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), an accreditation he received from the renowned Hobby School of Public Affairs at UH, and previously served the City of La Marque for nine years as Public Works Director (since 2015) and Interim City Manager (2021). Cary will oversee Community Development and Public Works as these are pivotal roles to improving quality of life and responsive customer service for residents. "I have an opportunity of a lifetime to come back home and serve the community where I was born and raised and learn under Mr. Theo Melancon," said Chaise. "We will accomplish great things here for the citizens of the City of Dickinson. "

Director of Communications - Jaree Hefner

The City's new Director of Communications, Jaree Hefner, brings a 12-year career in City communications having previously worked in Galveston, La Porte, and League City. She is tasked with creating transparent and open lines of communication between the City and our community members. "Having grown up spending Sundays across the table from my grandmother at Rogers, Dickinson is so very special to me," said Jaree. " I look forward to creating an open and transparent dialogue that builds trust between the citizens and the City while building immense civic pride within our community through community events."

Senior Planner - Yvonne Briscoe

The City's new Senior Planner, Yvonne Briscoe, brings over five years of experience in City Planning to Dickinson, having most recently served the City of Baytown. With the City in the process of putting together the Comprehensive Plan, and a revamp of the Code of Ordinances and Land Use Plan on the horizon, this role is essential in ensuring that we continue to think ahead of the development coming to the City and focus on taking the burden of paying for municipal services off of single-family homes. "I want to make development easier for people. We have a beautiful community that we can build on, and I would like to make it easier for development, whether commercial or residential, in the City of Dickinson," said Yvonne. "I hope to bring transparency and a very clear process of development to the citizens of this community as we transition to a fully digital world."

Fire Marshal - Shonna Bellow

The City's first female Fire Marshal, Shonna Bellow, is a certified firefighter/paramedic and peace officer. She served as the Assistant Fire Marshal for Texas City for over 11 years and hopes to bring the knowledge and experience gained to the City of Dickinson. "My goal as the City's new Fire Marshal is not to come in and attempt to fix what isn't broken but to build a good relationship with the citizens and enhance the City in the areas that I have experience in," said Shonna. "I believe we can create a safer City by engaging the community through service and education."

"The citizens and businesses of Dickinson made it clear that they were looking for the City to be more responsive and transparent, and I have worked diligently with City staff to answer that call," said Mayor Sean Skipworth. "Theo's addition of these positions, and experience that the individuals filling them bring with them, is building out a framework at City Hall that the citizens can count on to bring about change. I am thrilled to have Mr. Cary, Mrs. Hefner, Mrs. Briscoe, and Mrs. Bellow join our team."

To stay informed about the initiatives mentioned above and all that the City of Dickinson is doing to promote a wholesome and vibrant community for all residents and businesses, please visit our website at

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