NOLANVILLE — Since December, five people resigned from prominent positions within city government.

Sidney Shelton, the first vice president of the Economic Development Corporation, stepped down in December due to work conflicts and time restraints.

Kara Escajeda, an active-duty environmental science engineering officer with the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, was appointed to the position Feb. 8 by the Nolanville City Council and EDC president Colleen Smith.

On March 25, EDC member John Blankenship, developer of the Bella Charca subdivision, turned in his letter of resignation. He, too, cited scheduling conflicts and was replaced May 16 by Bryan Buck, a 32-year-old Killeen resident and vice president of Texas Star Bank in Harker Heights.

Sherri Morales, former mayor pro tem, sent an email July 10 to Mayor Christina Rosenthal, informing officials of her immediate resignation and thanking them for the opportunity to serve.

Morales gave no reason and could not be reached for comment.

She was replaced July 17 by Marlene Fey, a 52-year-old retired Army finance officer, who will serve until the Nov. 4 general election.

Council members were expected to fill Sherese Karlsson’s council seat at a special meeting Thursday. Karlsson announced her resignation July 14, citing personal reasons, according to City Secretary Crystal Briggs.

The council members’ resignations follow former City Manager Stephen Pearl’s July 18 departure. The council is actively seeking his replacement.

Contact Courtney Griffin at or 254-501-7559

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