NOLANVILLE — City Council members spent nearly two hours interviewing the two remaining candidates for city manager.

Kim Foutz, of Temple, and Nolanville resident Michael Gaspard are the finalists for the position, which has been vacant since July 18, when former City Manager Stephen Pearl resigned to take a position as human resources director with the city of Nacogdoches.

Foutz, a former assistant city manager in Temple, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on governmental finance/budget from Texas State University.

Foutz has more than 20 years of experience in municipal government, having previously served as city manager in Lampasas and Midlothian, and as director of economic and community development in College Station.

A Nolanville native, Gaspard moved back to the city in February after nearly 20 years away. A Killeen High School graduate, Gaspard earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics, then a master’s degree in public administration from Texas A&M University. He is a certified legal assistant.

Gaspard currently is an administrative officer for the federal public defender in the Northern District of Texas, where he manages four law offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Amarillo.

He previously worked as an economic development coordinator for Copperas Cove’s economic development corporation; administrative services manager for the Central Texas Council of Government’s Work Force Development Division; and with the city attorney’s office in New Braunfels.

The council did not make a hiring decision Thursday. City Secretary Crystal Briggs said council members likely will discuss the matter again Sept. 8, hopefully scheduling follow-up interviews later in September.

Foutz and Gaspard are the only candidates being considered, though Briggs said the council may review additional resumes recently submitted.

Councilwoman Marlene Fey said the city had not set a hiring deadline.

“We want to make sure we get the right person,” she said.

Conta​ct Erinn Callahan at ecallahan@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7464.

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