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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.