Sara Hensley was appointed City Manager in March 2022. Sara joined the City of Denton in May 2019 as the Assistant City Manager, was promoted to Deputy City Manager in July 2020, and Interim City Manager in February 2021. She brings with her more than 20 years of public service and leadership experience to the position. Sara most recently served as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Austin and served as Interim Assistant City Manager for two years. She led large-scale teams in multiple program and service areas and operations, served as the executive lead for several citywide cross-departmental efforts, and had frequent interaction with elected officials, community stakeholders, and residents.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Indiana University. Prior to her recent roles with the City of Austin, Sara was the:
- Director of Neighborhood Services, Animal Services and Parks and Recreation for the City of San Jose, California
- Director of Parks and Recreation for City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Phoenix, Arizona