Killeen city staff chose a 42-year-old Salado woman to take over the position of city secretary at the end of the month.

The Killeen City Council and staff gave Dianna Barker a round of applause at Tuesday’s council workshop, which for many of them was their first introduction to the Salado native.

City Secretary Paula Miller, who filled the post for the past 20 years, will retire July 31.

Barker’s first day is Monday, according to city documents.

Before coming to Killeen, Barker worked as village secretary for 13 years in Salado, a city of around 2,100 people. Killeen’s population is about 134,000, according to the latest census.

“I am looking forward to becoming part of Killeen’s team,” Barker said. “It’s a larger city and challenges are going to be out there. I already have come on board.”

The position of city secretary — called city clerk in some cities — can earn an annual salary between $44,436 and $68,700, according to the Killeen budget.

Barker’s responsibilities will include giving notice of all council meetings, keeping the council meeting minutes, organization of official records and administering local elections.

City Attorney Kathryn Davis said Barker came highly recommended by her colleagues in Salado.

“She’s been through multiple elections and this will be the same thing except on a larger scale,” Davis said.

Barker holds a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk certification and a Level 2 Court Clerk state certification. She said she did not attend college.

Barker said she will continue living in Salado and commute to Killeen.

Contact ​Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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