By Olga Pena
The Cove Herald
Years of experience will accompany the new city manager to the City of Lampasas as he takes his position on Oct. 16.
Mayor Jack Calvert announced last week that Michael Stoldt will fill the spot held by interim city manager Stacey Brack the past three months.
Brack will continue serving as assistant city manager and secretary once Stoldt relocates.
Calvert said the city advertised for the position and went through a screening process narrowing candidates down to four. Once the top candidates were interviewed, the city council unanimously agreed that Stoldt was the best fit for the position.
"He has all the credentials of begin exactly what we need here," Calvert said. "He has a wide range of experience and has family contacts in the area."
Stoldt said he and his wife Kay are excited about the move to Lampasas that will bring them closer to those they love. Stoldt is currently city adminstrator in Angleton, south of Houston, until Oct. 12.
He said his career began in Copperas Cove, where he served nine years, and he holds a great love for the area, including Lampasas.
"We've always liked Lampasas," Stoldt said. "We think it has a lot of potential."
Having written two city comprehensive plans and served in various city positions, Stoldt said he feels well prepared to work for Lampasas.
"I think I have a lot of experience to offer and a degree in communities and regional planning," Stoldt said. "My job is to implement the polices and procedures of the city council."
Stoldt is a former Copperas Cove city planner and planning director, Marble Falls city manager, Angleton city administrator, and peace corps volunteer. He earned his masters degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.
Stoldt said his enthusiasm for being a city manager remains because it's a challenging field.
By the time Stoldt takes his position in Lampasas, the city would have been without a permanent city manager for five months.
"We're just excited about having him here," Calvert said.
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