Fort Worth city manager will leave his job

FORT WORTH -- City Manager Dale Fisseler announced Tuesday that he is leaving after three years in the top job.

Fisseler, 51, was appointed in 2007 to succeed Charles Boswell, who also held the job for three years.

As city manager, he oversaw day-to-day operations in Fort Worth, which has been struggling with budget problems for most of his tenure. At the same time, Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

"In 2011, I will have completed about 30 years in city government," Fisseler said. Fisseler said he plans to take early retirement and spend time doing volunteer work with his wife.

He will serve until December to give the City Council time to find a replacement.

Fisseler, a graduate of Texas A&M, worked for Dallas' water department before coming to Fort Worth in 1990 as a water production superintendent. He later worked as director of the water department and assistant city manager.