Lawler named new city administrator in Hudson Oaks

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The same evening the Hudson Oaks City Council said farewell to six-year council member Paula Wigley with a reception and words of gratitude, the council also welcomed a new city administrator.

The council approved former assistant city administrator Patrick Lawler as Sheri Campbell-Husband’s replacement at their Thursday meeting where they agreed on a contract during executive session.

“I’m excited about it,” Lawler said of his new position.

Lawler has been in Hudson Oaks for six years and said he looks forward to the new task of being city administrator.

“I’m blessed to be in a community that takes care of my family,” Lawler said.

Lawler acted as the interim administrator since the council decided not to renew Campbell-Husband’s contract during their March meeting. She served as city administrator for more than four years.

Lawler will now serve the city as the administrator, a position he said he was pleased to accept.

In Hudson Oaks, Lawler said he especially enjoys being able to know not just the staff but many of the residents well because of the smaller size of the city.

“It’s something special in city government,” Lawler said. “You don’t get that when you work in larger cities.”

Lawler said he looks forward to the future of the city and assisting Hudson Oaks as new businesses arrive and other developments, such as the water park, are constructed.

“We have a lot of things on the horizon,” Lawler said of Hudson Oaks’ future in upcoming months as well as long term.

The council approved his appointment unanimously and Lawler said another assistant city administrator will likely be in place soon. Such an assistant will be especially helpful with the upcoming budget to be considered and put in place in future months, Lawler said.

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