NOLANVILLE — The first and only city manager to serve Nolanville announced his resignation to council members and city staff Thursday.

Stephen Pearl, 28, has taken a position as human resource director for the city of Nacogdoches. He has been employed with Nolanville for 3½ years.

“I think it was a great experience,” Pearl said, reflecting on his time as city manager. “This is a great city, and I appreciate all the support from the citizens and council and staff.”

Pearl’s decision to resign from the position, he said, was simply a matter of opportunity.

“It’s a lot bigger city; it’s a new chapter and a position that will further growth and development of my career,” he said.

Pearl graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a master’s degree in public administration prior to working for Nolanville.

He also spent six months as an intern for the Nacogdoches city manager.

While Pearl was on staff, the city on Nolanville has seen roads improve, an economic development corporation form and the upscale Bella Charca subdivision explode in growth.

“The city staff has been great in helping foster exceptional and quality residential growth in the area,” he said.

Mayor Christina Rosenthal said the council will post the job position with a salary range of about $60,000.

“We want to take the time to get a good person though,” she said, explaining they aren’t afraid to leave the position vacant for a while to find a good fit.

Longtime residents Marie and Butch Reis expressed remorse alongside council members at the news of Pearl’s departure.

“We’ve seen the good, the bad, and he’s the great,” Butch Reis said, explaining the difference Pearl has made for the city.

“You could tell the improvement he made,” Marie Reis said about the relationship between the city and residents. Pearl’s last day will be July 18.

Contact Courtney Griffin at or 254-501-7559

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