HARKER HEIGHTS  — City Council members have made little progress on naming City Manager Steve Carpenter’s successor.

The council has met in several closed-session workshop meetings since Carpenter, 66, announced his retirement Sept. 9 and gave his 90-day notice.

Carpenter said council members are still reviewing and making changes to the current job description and discussing what they are looking for in a candidate. No search committee has been created, and the city has not advertised the position yet, Carpenter said.

“We have a good and strong council and a good staff, so I am not worried about them not finding someone in a timely fashion,” he said.

Carpenter said he plans to stay in Harker Heights after retirement and will continue to be an advocate for the city. He is also aiding the council in finding a suitable replacement to pick up where he leaves off. The council hopes to finalize the job description when it meets today in a closed-session meeting, Carpenter said.

“We are not in a big hurry to find someone right now,” Mayor Mike Aycock said. “We are going about this in a slow and methodical way. We are taking our time to ensure we pick the right person for the job.”

Aycock said he heard of other cities taking nine months to fill a vacant city manager slot, but he feels strongly they will have someone in place by the end of the year. Carpenter is the city’s third city manager. He has manned the post since 1994.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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