Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison has announced his choice of Ann Farris to fill the position of assistant city manager of Internal Services, an appointment that will require the City Council’s approval at today’s meeting.
If approved by the council, Farris, currently an associate professor of policy studies at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, will receive an annual salary of $130,000 and oversee the city departments of finance, human resources, information technology and support services.
Of the 50 applicants who applied for the position, five candidates were interviewed, including Farris, Donald Fine, city director of information technology; and Debbie Maynor, city director of human resources, a city spokesperson said.
Morrison also interviewed two candidates from two other Texas cities, a city manager and an assistant city manager, but, at the candidates’ requests, the city would not release their names.
Before taking on her college teaching position and the service of director of the Food Care Center in Killeen in 2005, Farris served for seven years as deputy superintendent of the Killeen Independent School District.
As deputy superintendent,
Farris, a Killeen native, supervised 65 educators, arranged training and maintained the district’s information technology system, at a time when the district claimed about 35,000 students and had a $218 million budget, according to her resume.
After 32 years in the district, Farris resigned from the position in 2004, while earning an annual salary of $116,632.
The Killeen Daily Herald was unable to contact Farris for a comment Monday.
The city’s announcement drew the support of Mayor Dan Corbin.
“The city interviewed a lot of qualified candidates and made a good choice,” Corbin said.
“Although the council has the final vote, it is the city manager’s decision to make. If you trust him with the city, it’s because you support the decisions he makes.”
At today’s meeting, the council also will hold a public hearing about the city charter, the second of four scheduled this month as the council approaches the Feb. 12 deadline to finalize a ballot for a charter election.
The public is encouraged to attend.
Council members will also vote to appoint two new members of the Civilian Personnel Hearing Board.
In the next few weeks, the board is expected to meet to hear the appeals of two city employees who were fired last month — the city’s former finance director and a former fleet services technician.