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Government Keller city manager taking job in Roswell, N.M.

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Keller city manager Steve Polasek announced Sept. 12 he will become the new city manager for Roswell, N.M. His last day in Keller will be Nov. 9.

“In my short time as mayor, I’ve come to know Steve as an innovative and skillful leader and a true public servant. He has been an incredible asset to the city of Keller for many years,” said Mayor Mark Mathews. Polasek joined the city of Keller team as an assistant city manager in May 2008, overseeing the parks and recreation, library, information services and human resources departments in addition to the waste management contracts, communication efforts and public arts program. He was named city manager in spring 2012, after the resignation of then-city manager Dan O’Leary. Before his time in Keller, Polasek served seven years with the city of Hurst and nine years with the city of Southlake.

“Keller welcomed me with open arms and I’ve learned and grown so much during my time here,” Polasek said. “I can’t say enough about the mayors and city council members who have supported me during my tenure and the staff I’ve had the privilege to lead. This move offers a chance to take on new challenges in yet another vibrant, thriving community.” Polasek said his focus over the next several weeks will be guiding the City Council and staff through the end of the city’s budget process and the transition into the new fiscal year. Under the city’s existing management structure, Public Safety Director and Police Chief Mark Hafner steps in for Polasek when he is away from the office.

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