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Temple City Manager David Blackburn stepping down


City Manager David Blackburn announced Thursday he is resigning effective August 28.

After holding that position for nearly 10 years, he cited pursuing other interests as his reason for departing.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be Temple’s City Manager since April of 2005,” Blackburn said in a statement. “I cannot adequately convey in words what a humbling experience it has been. Over the past 10 years or so, I have had the privilege to observe a dynamic, growing community. The strides the community has made in improving our infrastructure and our quality of place are nothing short of amazing."                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blackburn wrote a letter of resignation to the council today, and added, "I have always viewed my position as one of stewardship…I was entrusted with certain duties and responsibilities in order to do what I could to leave this place better than I found it. It is my hope and prayer that such a statement might be worthy of consideration for my time as City Manager. For if such can be said, then I will can consider my duties fulfilled and stand down my watch."

He also praised and thanked the mayor and city council, past and present, as well as city employees and his office staff for their help and support.The city manager reports directly to the city council and oversees all city departments.

Temple Communications Director Shannon Gowan said the council has not determined who will replace Blackburn or what the replacement process will be or when it will begin.

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