City of Bastrop’s Director of Hospitality and Downtown, Public Information Officer, and Main Street Director Resigns

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    December 18, 2018
    Bastrop, Texas – December 18, 2018 – Sarah O’Brien, who has served as Bastrop’s Main Street Director, Hospitality and Downtown Department Director, and Public Information Officer submitted her resignation to City Manager Lynda Humble today. Ms. O’Brien, who has worked for the City since April of 2016, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the community, the City, staff, and leadership including Humble for allowing her the opportunity to serve. “We are surprised and saddened to see Ms. O’Brien leave,” said City Manager Lynda Humble.  O’Brien, who has family moving to the area, expressed her desire to find a work life balance. With Lost Pines Christmas coming to an end and previously scheduled travel plans, today’s resignation is effective December 31st. “I cannot fault Sarah for her desire for a more balanced life, and to spend quality time with her family and friends.  Sarah worked tremendously hard for this community, this City and her staff,” said Humble.
     
    During her tenure, O’Brien went from Main Street Manager with one part time staff member to Hospitality and Downtown department director with a staff of 10+ employees and growing, launched new downtown events like Table on Main and the infamous Pub Crawls, solidified and strengthened numerous community partnerships, served as the staff liaison during the transition from the Bastrop Marketing Corporation to Visit Bastrop, a destination marketing organization, and led Bastrop’s award winning Small Business Revolution campaign which garnered national attention. O’Brien was most recently involved in the City’s Building Bastrop initiative, a wholesale reform of the City’s land-use codes, and the City’s Cultural Arts Master Plan, which will help shape the future of Arts and Culture in the community. Ms. O’Brien currently serves on the board of the Texas Downtown Association and will remain on the board as an individual downtown and tourism expert. “I am leaving the Hospitality and Downtown department and the City of Bastrop in better shape then I found them,” said O’Brien, “I am extremely humbled and grateful to #mybastrop for all that it has given me. It was a tremendous challenge and a rewarding journey, but it’s time for someone else to take the wheel.”
     
    City officials will be evaluating O’Brien’s current roles and responsibilities over the next few weeks. During this transition, current staff will continue in their traditional roles.
    Victoria Psencik – Special Event Permitting (vpsencik@cityofbastrop.org)
    Colin Guerra – Communications and Cultural Arts (cguerra@cityofbastrop.org)
    Kathy Danielson – Convention Center (kdanielson@cityofbastrop.org)
    Tanya Cantrell – Public Information Office (tcantrell@cityofbastrop.org)
     
    For questions or details on Downtown Bastrop’s December 31st New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl or the February 2nd Sip, Shop, and Swirl event, please contact City of Bastrop Digital Media Specialist and former Downtown Business Alliance Treasurer Rick Gullikson. All other questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office.
     
     

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    The Mission of the City of Bastrop is to continuously strive to provide efficient and proactive services that enhance our quality of life and achieve our vision.
     
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    About Bastrop Main Street:
    The Bastrop Main Street Program is a proud participant of the Texas Main Street Program and Main Street America.  Founded in 2007, Bastrop Main Street was named a Dozen Distinctive Destination by the National Trust in 2012, and garnered #mybastrop statewide attention in the Small Business Revolution contest in 2018.  The Main Street Program is a division of the City's Hospitality and Downtown Department.  For more information about Downtown Bastrop, visit their website at www.downtownbastrop.com or follow them on social media @downtownbastrop.
     
     
    Contact:
    Tanya Cantrell, Public Information Officer