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Henderson to hire city manager

By by Reese Gordon
Feb. 24, 2014 at 10 p.m.

HENDERSON - The Henderson City Council today will consider hiring a new city manager.

The council intends to hire Tim Kelty for the post that was vacated by Mike Barrow's resignation in September.

Kelty has served as assistant city manager for Red Oak since January 2009, said Caryn Stevens, executive assistant for Red Oak City Manager Todd Fuller.

Henderson Mayor Pat Brack said Monday that Kelty has "lots of experience and is compatible" with Henderson.

"We're looking forward to him being here," she said. "He fit all of our prerequisites. The City Council concentrated a lot on the wishes of each department head. We know that if the people are happy, we'll be happy."

Brack said the city employed Strategic Government Resources as its search firm in the hiring process.

The search began in October and applications were accepted from November through Dec. 20, she said.

"We've been very pleased with how the search firm promoted Henderson," she said.

Henderson Fire Chief Rusty Chote has been interim city manager since September, but will be going back to his position at the fire station mid-March or April.

"We've had great support from all of the city departments," Chote said. "It has made my time as interim city manager go smoother. It's been a learning experience. I probably learned more about the whole city in the last six months than I did in the previous 22 years I've been here."

Chote said he has enjoyed his time as interim city manager but said his passion is the fire department.

He described Kelty as "approachable."

"He's been very proactive in bringing business to his community," Chote said. "People who have worked with him say he is good to work with."

Brack said Chote did a great job as interim city manager.

"He's had to wear more hats than he's used to as city manager," she said.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall.



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