Keller Citizen

Keller works around recent economic development vacancy

The city of Keller has another vacancy to fill in its administration.

Economic Development Director DeAnna Beseda, left her post on May 1 to join city staff in Roswell, New Mexico, where she is the director of public affairs.

She joins Jonathan Phillips —her fiance and former Keller director of administrative services —and Steve Polasek, former Keller city manager, as Keller employees recently joining the Roswell staff. Polasek and Phillips currently hold the same title in the larger city.

Beseda, Phillips and Polasek are only a handful of city administrative staff who have left since last year.

For now, Chastity Minter, the economic development coordinator, and Interim City Manager Mark Hafner, who has filled in since Polasek left in September, will handle the day-to-day responsibilities in Economic Development.

Hafner is also the director of public safety and chief of police.

The Keller City Council has yet to publicly say whether it will keep Hafner as city manager permanently, or if it will begin a search for someone else to take the job.

Hafner will wait for the Council’s decision on that before he decides on a permanent replacement for Beseda, because he wants that department to reflect the city manager’s preferences, Public Information Officer Rachel Reynolds said.

Hafner said Keller is still actively recruiting new businesses to town.

“Rest assured, Keller is open for business and we will continue to seek out quality commercial to our community,” Hafner said. “Also, Rick Barnes, Mayor Pro-Tem, and Cary Moon, a member of the Keller Economic Development Board, will be attending the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Conference (this) week to look for potential commercial leads.”

Hafner said the Economic Development Board has been “very busy working on a concept plan for development on North U.S. 377.”

The board planned to present at a joint meeting with City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday night, after press time.