The Levelland City Council has approved an employment agreement appointing Assistant City Manager Erik Rejino to serve as City Manager upon the retirement of current City Manager Rick Osburn. The employment agreement with Rejino will take effect on January 30, 2018 upon Osburn’s retirement. Osburn recently announced his retirement effective January 29, 2018 after 36 years of service.
Rejino began his career with the City of Levelland in 2008 and has served the City in numerous positions, most recently as the Assistant City Manager. As Assistant City Manager, Rejino assists Osburn in overseeing all areas of city operations. He has also been instrumental in helping the City secure and administer over $6 million in state, federal, and foundation grants during his time working for the City.
“During my time as Mayor I have worked with Erik very closely and have been very impressed with his knowledge and expertise as well as his demeanor in dealing with members of the public and City staff,” said Mayor Barbra Pinner. “I am confident that the City will be in good hands under Erik’s leadership. He has a proven track record and has a long term vested interest in Levelland.”
Rejino is a 2003 graduate of Levelland High, a 2006 graduate of South Plains College, a 2008 graduate of Texas Tech University, and a 2014 graduate of West Texas A&M. Erik holds an A.S., B.B.A., and an M.B.A. Rejino is also a 2017 graduate of the Public Executive Institute through the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, a 2011 graduate of the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program, and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Levelland.
Rejino has served and currently serves on various regional and state committees and boards. He is a member of the Texas City Management Association and is currently serving as President of Region 2. He has also served on a number of committees through the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) including the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, of which he served as Chairman of the committee and the Government Application Review Committee. He currently serves on the SPAG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the Economic Development Committee. In addition, Rejino recently joined the Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance Board, a nonprofit organization formed to provide cooperative marketing of recyclable commodities.
Rejino also volunteers locally in various capacities. He is a member and past President of the Levelland Noon Lions Club, a member of the Wallace Theater Advisory Committee, Covenant Levelland Foundation Board, Hockley County Area Endowment Board, and coaches youth soccer through the Levelland Youth Soccer Club.
“This is a career I have trained for, a job I have prepared for, and the community my family and I would like to live in,” said Assistant City Manager Erik Rejino. “I am very grateful for the confidence that the City Council has shown in me and for the opportunity to serve as Levelland’s next City Manager. I am also very grateful for Rick’s leadership and mentorship over the years. I would not be where I am without him.”
Rejino is a long term resident of Levelland and has been married to his high school sweetheart Celinda for almost eight years. Rejino and his wife have a five year old son named Eli and a one year old daughter named Isabel.
“Levelland is our home and it is a place that we absolutely love,” said Rejino. “We are fortunate to have great people that work for and live in the City of Levelland. I will continue to work tirelessly with those in our organization and the community to help make Levelland one of the greatest places to live in the nation.”