Watauga names new city manager

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A three-decade veteran of city management whose face is familiar to many in Tarrant County will soon take the reins in Watauga.

Watauga City Council members recently approved Greg Vick as city manager, effective May 13.

"Council feels like we can all support Mr. Vick," said Councilman Gary Johnson, who cited Vick's 31 years experience as worthy of confidence.

Vick will replace Dr. Scott Neils, who resigned in February after being suspended by and reaching a settlement with the council.

Fire Chief Bill Crawford has been interim city manager since Jan. 21.

Vick was hired after council members interviewed five applicants whose resumes were picked from 52 applications screened by a committee of council members, a news release said.

Currently the city manager in Elgin near Austin, Vick was previously city manager in Cedar Hill. He has also served as an assistant city manager in The Colony, Farmers Branch and North Richland Hills. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration, the news release said.

Watauga residents can expect Vick to be fiscally conservative, according to Councilman Mike Steele.

"Greg Vick is a good steward of tax payer money," he said.

Vick's first major project will be developing the next budget for a city that has $8 million in capital improvement projects under way, the news release said. Councilman Pat Shelbourne said that Vick is capable of doing that.

"His experience in administration and budgeting will serve Watauga well as the city moves forward," he said.

Terry Evans, (817) 390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans

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