The City Manager is the chief administrative and executive officer responsible for providing leadership throughout the City organization. The position is appointed by the City Council. Responsibilities include serving as the liaison between the policymaking and administrative branches of the City of Killeen and coordinating activities to effectively accomplish goals and objectives set by the City Council.
Interim City Manager
Here is what I hope for you to know about me. I love this community, its citizens, and its opportunities. Both sides of mine and my husband Gerald’s families are from here; the older family members still refer to Fort Hood as Camp Hood. I attended Avenue D Elementary, Nolan Junior High, and Killeen High Schools. I am an Aggie, Class of ’72 (’74, ‘77). I have been blessed to serve in Killeen Independent School District for 32 years, at Texas A&M University-Central Texas for eight years, and now the City of Killeen for three years. I am from the place that hosts the place that defends the freedom for the planet. I could not be more proud. I am at your service! Dedicated Service - Every Day, for Everyone!
I’ve been thinking….
Friday (8-13-16) was such a challenging day, responding to the fire at VMB/Twin Creek. We at Team Killeen all lived it and relived it. The media covered it thoroughly.
And in the middle of all of that, we as a community may have missed something so very important: ordinary people who did extraordinary things, the very definition of heroism.
First look at this! The fire engine that kept pumping water into the explosion as it exploded itself.
And then look at our people:
THAT’S WHO WE ARE: ordinary people who do extraordinary things.Read More
Serving as your interim city manager for the community that raised me is such a privilege and quite an adventure.
City Hall, in its former life, was Avenue D School, attended by my mom, my husband, and me. I think I hear this building laughing -- at or with me!
This community that raised me is poised to boom; it has all the prerequisites -- talent, resources, and location. So, we will grow, from 145,000 now to 225,000 in 2025. Our challenge as a team is to answer the question of how?
Shall we grow as weeds, unattended and without purpose? That is relatively easy.
Shall we grow as gardens, fruit and flowers, cared for and with purpose.
We are the team defined by Dedicated Service, Every Day for Everyone. Surely we choose the important work of growing as a garden. We are so very fortunate to have this important work to do.
Let’s do this.Read More
I've been thinking!
Mark Twain said (requesting fact check from fellow educators), "People don't think often enough; I have made an international reputation for myself, thinking about once a month."
So, I will try to think, twice a month.
My first two weeks as Interim City Manager for Killeen have moved at warp speed, leaving me both grateful and breathless. In the wake of Mr. Morrison's retirement, I have been graced with this amazing opportunity to stand in the gap while we search for the next City Manager. Amazing opportunities, by definition, are uniquely characterized by wow's.
Here are mine, so far:
Wow #1 The city's leadership team is response-able. They have re-doubled their efforts and their commitment to the City's success.
Wow #2 I get to do this on behalf of the community that raised me. I owe my debt of service right here; now I have the strategy to repay that debt both backward and forward.
Wow #3 Friends and family have redoubled their support. I am noticing fewer dishes in the sink and an extra helping of patience. Because.....
Wow #4 My homework stack has doubled.
Now, please, think with me, on behalf of our community.
From the place
That hosts the place
That defends the freedom of the planet