Mr. Studer took over as assistant city manager on April 3, 2017. He is a practiced and skilled administrator with a broad range of experience in city government management, finance, community relations and economic development. He demonstrated success in developing and implementing cost-effective, customer-oriented programs and services and possesses a collaborative management style with emphasis on excellence, accountability and communication.
Prior to beginning service with the City of Las Cruces, Mr. Studer served as Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation for the Town of Horizon City, Texas and as the City Administrator of the newly incorporated City of San Elizario, Texas.
Other previous experience includes Deputy City Manager with the City of El Paso, Texas from November 2004 to May 2014, where he provided strategic oversight and management accountability for major operational groups and departments within the city organization, involving more than 2,000 employees and combined budgets exceeding $200 million. They included El Paso’s police, fire, financial services, budget, tax, human resources, internal audit, information technology, city clerk, fleet services, airport, community development, economic development, library, municipal court, museums, planning and inspections, zoo and parks departments. He worked with the city manager and budget office to reduce the city’s budget by $8 million to offset expected revenue shortfalls in the 2004/2005 budget.
Professional Recognition, Memberships & Awards
- Deputy City Manager, City of Arlington, Texas from July 1988 to July 2003.
- Director, Management Services Department, City of Arlington, Texas from June 1983 to July 1988.
- Office of Budget and Research City of Dallas, Texas from October 1978 to June 1983.
University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas May 1972
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
University of North Texas Denton, Texas 1977-1979
Completed coursework requirements for Master of Public Administration
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts June 1989
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Graduate of Program for Senior Executives of State and Local Government.
“I am a fourth generation El Pasoan, but lived most of my adult life in Dallas-Fort Worth. My father was a U.S. Air Force pilot, so we moved often while I was growing up. I lived in six different states and two foreign countries before returning to El Paso to begin my post-secondary education at UTEP.
My wife Teresa is a former journalist, editor, and public information director who currently does freelance writing. I have two sons, one who is a firefighter/paramedic in Arlington, Texas, and the other who is a manager in the El Paso budget office. My stepson is currently in graduate school at Tuft's University.
A self-professed desert rat, I love living in the Southwest and around mountains.”