HARKER HEIGHTS — After several closed-session workshop meetings, City Council members Tuesday hired David Mitchell to replace retiring City Manager Steve Carpenter.

Mitchell, 41, is no stranger to Harker Heights. He served the city in a number of capacities from 2004 to 2009, including director of planning and development and assistant to Carpenter.

Mitchell will take over the reins Jan. 2 with an annual salary of $120,000.

Carpenter, 66, announced his retirement Sept. 9, giving his 90-day notice.

After 40 years of working in municipal government, including the Heights city manager’s job since 1994, Carpenter will step down at the end of December.

“It has been my pleasure to work with you, our staff and citizens to improve the city over the last 19-plus years,” he said. “I have been truly blessed during my time here working for the city.”

Mayor Mike Aycock said the council was not in a “big hurry to find someone” and they were going about the search “in a slow and methodical way” to ensure they picked “the right person for the job.”

Mitchell was the only applicant interviewed by the city, said Patty Brunson, assistant city manager. Council members voted to hire him immediately after the interview Tuesday, Brunson said.

After he left Heights in 2009, Mitchell went to work with the city of Hutto and is currently serving as Hutto’s city manager, a position he has held since April 2012.

Mitchell has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

Mitchell is married to Angela Mitchell, and they have three sons.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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