47ºF

San Antonio head of Transportation and Capital Improvements to take SAWS exec job

Mike Frisbie will assume chief operating officer role at SAWS

SAN ANTONIO – Mike Frisbie, the head of Transportation and Capital Improvements for the city of San Antonio, is leaving his post to take the Chief Operating Officer position with the San Antonio Water System.

"This is an exciting opportunity for me and my family and a natural progression for my career," Frisbie said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "I am very proud of my 11 years with the city and the many projects and programs we have delivered for the City of San Antonio. I love this city and I am passionate about public service so I am pleased to continue that service with another great organization - the San Antonio Water System."

Frisbie’s last day with the city of San Antonio is Dec. 14, 2018.

“Of the dozens of executives I’ve recruited and appointed during my tenure, Mike is easily one of the best,” City Manager Sculley said in a statement. “His fingerprints are all over San Antonio, having delivered nearly $2 billion in capital projects through the largest voter-approved Bond programs in our City’s history. He is widely respected by so many in his industry, and San Antonio is lucky to keep his talent here. SAWS is getting a great COO, and I wish Mike and his family the best in this new venture.”

Frisbie was recruited from Phoenix and appointed City Engineer by Sculley in September 2007. During his tenure, he executed multiple high-profile bond programs and capital projects, including the $325 million expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, $212.4 million in terminal renovations and parking construction at the San Antonio International Airport and $60 million in improvements at the Alamodome.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and my family and a natural progression for my career,” Frisbie said in the statement. “I’m very proud of my 11 years at the City and the many projects and programs we have delivered for San Antonio. I love this city and am passionate about public service, so I am pleased to continue that service with another great organization: the San Antonio Water System.” 

The city manager will name an interim Transportation & Capital Improvements director next week and the city will begin a local and national search to permanently fill the position.