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Yoakum hires new city manager

By Camille Doty
Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:09 a.m.

Kevin Coleman, from Kerrville, was hired as the new city manager in Yoakum Tuesday evening. He has public and private sector experience, and is excited about the new position. "I'm humbled by the opportunity to serve," he said.

YOAKUM - Kevin Coleman, of Kerrville, was hired Tuesday as the new Yoakum city manager.

The city council hired him during its monthly meeting.

Coleman, who will begin Dec. 12, replaces Calvin Cook, who retired in July.

He said he's enthusiastic about coming to the city.

"I'm humbled by the opportunity to serve," he said.

Coleman said Yoakum already has a strong group of committed leaders and he is looking forward to working with them.

Mayor Annie Rodriguez said she appreciates Coleman's enthusiasm and wealth of experience. Rodriguez and members of city council enlisted the help of public executive service company Strategic Government Resources, of Keller, and Alan Taylor, SGR senior vice president, of Georgetown, to help with the recruitment process since June. Coleman was named one of the four finalists from a pool of more than 60 applicants.

"We are pleased to find a good candidate," Rodriguez said. She added Coleman will help to enhance the community.

Rodriguez said she would like for him to focus on economic development and growth.

"I'm going to make sure Yoakum gets its fair share across the region," he said.

Al Veselka, former Yoakum city manager and current interim manager, will help Coleman transition into the position, according to the mayor.

Since 2007, Coleman worked with the City of Kerrville as the director of development services.

The University of Kansas graduate said he was most proud of building strong relationships between city officials, builders and members of the community.

Prior to working with Kerrville, he was the executive director of the Abilene Habitat for Humanity for nine years. From 1987-90, Coleman was city manager in Dewey, Okla. and from 1986-87, was the administrative aide to the city manager in Lawrence, Kan.

He will move to Yoakum with his wife, Brenda Coleman, and two daughters, Lucy and Ella Grace.

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