Killeen’s attorney for public works will assume the role of executive director of the department following unanimous approval by the City Council at its Tuesday regular meeting.

Scott Osburn has been the city’s deputy attorney for public works for seven years and the interim director of public works since Oct. 18 when former director Richard Macchi retired.

During Osburn’s stint as deputy city attorney for public works, he provided legal counsel, gathered, interpreted and prepared data for studies and gave recommendations to the department.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said the city is currently in the process of hiring someone to fill the deputy city attorney position left vacant by Osburn’s appointment.

Osburn said he is “honored and excited” to lead the city’s Public Works Department.

“I hope to bring new energy and ideas to the Public Works Department,” he said. “The city has a talented group of engineers, managers and employees. I look forward to working collectively in our mission to provide dedicated service every day for everyone.”

John Sutton, assistant city manager, said the city’s charter authorizes the city manager to appoint department heads with the council’s approval.

Sutton said the city received 33 applications for the position and of those, the top six were chosen for interviews. He said candidates were interviewed by a committee composed of himself, Assistant City Manager Ann Farris, retired Col. Bill Parry and former Councilman Scott Cosper.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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Those are very good questions, but apparently they don't have the talent on-board or they wouldn't have to go outside. Remember the fiasco of soliciting the past city manager? But I have another question; if the former Director of Public Works Director retired on October 18, and this is just October 31, 2013, the date of posting this announcement, and they advertised, received 33 resumes, interviewed 6 and selected the Deputy Attorney for Public Works to the position, Why? Wasn't that pretty fast? And what are his qualifications to serve as 'Public Works Department'? I'm not sure, but a legal degree won't suffice as pertains to functioning in an engineering environment. But there again, I'm not sure if the city manager is qualified to 'manage the design and construction' of a water plant. Maybe he can depend on his new, as he appointed him' Public Works Department head to assist him.

I'm sorry, but it is best to promote from within, not from without, and appointing a legal person to perform an engineering function is not, in my opinion, serving to instill personal pride within the public works department.


Why are Scott Cosper and Bill Parry interviewing candidates for employment? While they both seem to be very concerned about and involved in local and regional affairs, neither are paid or elected city officials. Seems the city would have enough internal expertise to conduct the interview process and not open itself up to the appearance of impropriety. A public works department can be subject to quid pro quo situations.

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