David Mitchell has hit the ground running since taking over the reins of the city from longtime city manager Steve Carpenter on Thursday.
Mitchell, 41, joined the Harker Heights City Council on Tuesday for his first official meeting in his new capacity.
“This first week has kind of been like drinking from a hydrant,” he said. “I had to not only get up to speed on city projects, but to learn the history behind them as well.”
Council members wasted no time putting Mitchell to work, appointing him to replace Carpenter on the Heights Economic Development Corporation Board.
“My first meeting was baptism by fire but it was fun,” Mitchell said. “The staff did a great job of preparing me for the items on the agenda, and I felt like I thoroughly answered all the questions they had.”
Mitchell is adjusting well to being back in Heights and appreciates all the well wishes he has received.
“It makes you feel good to have the support of the community behind you,” he said. “I had citizens come into the office to meet me and shake my hand and welcome me back. I am looking forward to meeting new faces and getting reacquainted with those that I have worked with before.”
Mitchell’s family has also adjusted well to life back in Harker Heights.
“We are mostly out of boxes now and my wife, Angie, is making the house our own,” he said. “Our twins, Austin and Jared, 10, have already made friends, and our oldest, Jacob, 15, is looking forward to baseball season at the high school.”
Assistant City Manager Patty Brunson said she plans to capitalize on Mitchell’s energy and youth. “He’s very energetic and that’s good for the city,” she said. “He is fitting in fine and doing a great job.”
Mitchell said he is confident in his abilities and experiences and will pick up where Carpenter left off.
“I want Heights to continue to be the municipal service leader to our residents and strive to continue to do great things in Heights,” he said. “Our staff does a great job already, but we can always do better.”