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April 15th, 2010
Kyle tabs Earp as interim city manager

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James Earp

STAFF REPORT

KYLE — The Kyle City Council held a special meeting Tuesday to appoint Assistant City Manager James R. Earp as interim city manager while the council conducts a search for a new permanent city manager.

The council interviewed Earp and outgoing Elgin City Manager Jeff Coffee, the former Buda City Councilmember. The vote for Earp was unanimous.

“After extensive discussion from the council on Tuesday night, it was clear James Earp would be the best fit for Kyle moving forward in the interim,” Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said. “We believe his knowledge and experience from serving as assistant city manager in Kyle will serve the city well as we continue work on ongoing projects and head into the next budget season.”

Earp temporarily replaces Tom Mattis, who resigned last week after eight years on the job.

Earp came to Kyle in September 2006 after two years as assistant to the city manager in Ennis.

Earp will receive a $3,000 month stipend in addition to his current salary while he serves in the interim role. The council voted 5 -2 on the salary stipend, with Johnson, Michelle Lopez, Becky Selbera, David Salazar and David Wilson voting in favor of the increase. Voting against were council members Jaime Sanchez and Russ Huebner.

“I’m honored and humbled that the council has seen fit to entrust me with this huge responsibility, said Earp. “It is my promise to the council, city staff and most of all, the people of Kyle, that I will work my hardest to prove worthy of that trust.”

Earp has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Texas-Arlington and has also received a graduate certificate in environmental management, focusing heavily on sustainable development of cities, from Harvard. He also a holds a BBA in finance and a BS in economics from Tarleton State, and has completed the requirements for his certified public manager designation.

“I realize that it is always difficult to make the necessary transitions when a city manager leaves, especially after such a long tenure as Mr. Mattis,” said Earp. “I will endeavor to assist making that transition for everybody involved as seamless as possible while working to continue moving the City of Kyle forward.”

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