Mike Etienne joined the City of Victoria on January 6, 2020 and brings more than 20 years of diverse city and county experience in the areas of community and economic development, real estate services, capital projects and community engagement.
Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, Etienne began his career in Virginia, where he worked for the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County and the Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority. During his time working for the City of San Antonio, he served as an assistant director for the Neighborhood & Housing Services department, a director for East Point Revitalization, and an assistant director for Capital Improvements & Management Services.
Etienne earned a master’s degree in urban & regional planning and a doctorate in public policy & administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Etienne also is an adjunct professor of urban and regional economic development, and economics at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Darrek Ferrell joined the City of Victoria January 13, 2020 and brings 10 years of local government experience with nearly five of them as a city manager.
Ferrell's areas of expertise include economic development, overall administration, lean management and finance and budget. During his time in Commerce, Ferrell focused on organizational leadership by rebuilding the management team and improving the city’s bond rating from a BBB to an A, further indicating the city’s credit quality. In addition, he worked with the State Legislature to pass a bill that will pave the way for Commerce to build a hotel and convention center in the community.
Prior to joining the City of Commerce, Ferrell began his career with the City of Brenham and the City of San Antonio in the Office of Management & Budget. He also spent some time working for the City Manager’s Office in McKinney, and in the City of Mount Vernon as its city administrator and economic development director. Ferrell earned a master’s degree in public service and administration from Texas A&M University.