By Lisa Soule
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen Deputy City Manager Dave Hall has tendered his resignation after more than three years on the job.
In a letter dated Friday, Hall informed City Manager David Blackburn of his intent to resign, saying he had enjoyed his time with the city and was delighted with the opportunity to contribute to a place he loved.
Hall, 54, told the Herald he has decided to look for another job or another opportunity.
"The city has done tremendous things," Hall said. "It has been fun to be a part of it."
Hall requested Nov. 12 to be his last day of service and offered to prepare his current timelines and files for his designated successor.
While Blackburn said he had not decided on a course of action to fill the position, Mayor Maureen Jouett said she plans to discuss the matter with the City Council.
"I'm going to ask that we unfund the position," Jouett said. "I think our departments are functioning really well. That's my personal opinion."
Blackburn offered the newly created position to Hall in May 2001. The new job which topped two existing assistant city managers and its $90,000 paycheck drew some criticism from the public.
After a recent reorganization, Hall's oversight responsibilities include police, fire, information technology, animal control and code enforcement services.
Hall was hired after retiring with the rank of colonel from the garrison commander's post on Fort Hood.
"I thought Mr. Hall's background and experience would serve him well (and the city) in the newly created position of Deputy City Manager. It did and it has," Blackburn told the council in a Tuesday memo. "He indicated at the time we discussed his employment that he thought he could give me a two- to three-year commitment ... which he has fulfilled."
Blackburn said he accepted Hall's resignation with reluctance.
"He has indicated it is simply time for him to take some time off," Blackburn said in the memo. "I don't know (and I don't know if he knows) whether he is 'retiring' or whether he is going to simply head in a different direction."
Blackburn credited Hall with reorganizing the city's emergency management plans and activities in the post 9/11 era. Blackburn also noted Hall's community service outside City Hall, with organizations such as United Way.
Councilman Scott Cosper said he thought Hall had been an asset to the city and community.
"I appreciate his loyalty and commitment," Cosper said. "I wish him the best of luck in the future."
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