Derland Bahr

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting for certified public accountant Derland Bahr’s new firm at 2 p.m. Dec. 4.

“I was raised here,” Bahr said, adding he graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1990. “This is home to me, and that’s the reason I opened up here.”

He, his wife, Candy, and their four children moved back to Killeen/Harker Heights in 2009. Both their families are in the area, and they currently reside in Harker Heights.

Bahr also is a part-time minister at Copperas Cove Church of Christ. After obtaining his master of arts in religion from Abilene Christian University and working as a minister at a North Texas church for nine years, Bahr went back to school at Midwestern State University to receive his Master of Business Administration in accounting in December 2006.

He earned his CPA certification in 2009 and has been doing tax, accounting and payroll services for CPA firms for about eight years.

“This is the first time on my own,” Bahr said. “I’ve been working for CPA firms since early 2007.”

He opened the doors to his business, at 581 Pan American Drive in Harker Heights, on Nov. 1.

“My goal is to give people in the area professional service at a reasonable price,” Bahr said. “The firm specializes in tax preparation for individuals and businesses as well as bookkeeping and payroll services for small businesses.”

To set up a free consultation, call 254-432-5724 or go to

Contact Rachael Riley at or 254-501-7553

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