Texas City Manager Lays Self Off

Mar 23, 2012 12:24pm

A city manager in Keller, Texas, wrote his own pink slip, citing his belief that the city should trim staff costs wherever feasible.

Dan O’Leary, 57, said his two fellow city managers in the town of 40,000 would be able to continue operations with his $176,000 position cut.

“No one has asked me to leave. I have never had any council member or candidate for a council position suggest another city manager would be preferable,” O’Leary said when he announced his decision in a city council meeting earlier this week. “This is totally a decision made by my wife and me based on what we believe is in the best interest for both of us and the city of Keller.”

The mayor of Keller, Pat McGrail, told the Star-Telegram he was sad to see O’Leary leave.

“He’s ready to move on to new and bigger challenges,” McGrail said. “It’s going to be a loss. Wherever he ends up, it’ll be to their benefit. Some other city will be very fortunate to have him.”

O’Leary, who had served as a Keller city manager since 2007,  said he plans to apply for jobs in nearby cities.

His last day serving Keller will be April 20.

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