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City Council Appoints New City Secretary

The Garland City Council appointed a new City Secretary during Tuesday’s regular meeting. René Dowl will serve as City Secretary and office manager for the City Manager’s Office.

“We believe René will bring strong organizational and public service skills to this important role,” said Mayor Douglas Athas. “We are looking forward to working with her and benefiting from her experience.”

The City Secretary’s position is appointed by the City Council and also has a direct-reporting role to City Manager Bill Dollar.

Eloyce (René) Dowl was born in Phoenix Arizona, and grew up in Gloster, Louisiana. She attended Centenary College of Louisiana and Amberton University in Garland, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Development and a Master of Science in Family Studies.

René was previously the Management Team Coordinator for Garland Power & Light (GP&L). She began her career with the City of Garland in 1984, as the office manager for the Northeast Texas Library System (NETLS). She has held various positions in insurance, banking, and professional sports and entertainment, serving as the office manager for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club and American Airlines Center from 1993-2002. She has also worked in the non-profit sector for the March of Dimes.

René chaired the City of Garland’s United Way campaign for three years, is a member of the United Way Leadership Giving Council and served as class advisor for Leadership Garland for two years.

René resides in Garland with her husband, Carey Dowl.