Keller Citizen

Keller appoints new city manager

Mark Hafner
Mark Hafner Special to the Star-Telegram

The police chief and public safety director of Keller was unanimously approved by City Council as the city’s new permanent city manager.

Mark Hafner has filled the position on an interim basis since November, after former city manager Steve Polasek resigned. Hafner has been Keller’s police chief since 2001 and public safety director since 2012.

“I’m humbled by the confidence the City Council has shown in appointing me permanently to this position,” Hafner said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working with them and leading our dedicated and talented city employees to take this community to the next level of excellence.”

Keller City Council waited until the May election to decide whether to appoint Hafner or begin a search for a new city manager.

Hafner will leave the public safety director position vacant, given his 35 years of public safety experience, and will find a new police chief, according to the city.

Since he became interim city manager, Keller Police Department’s three captains, Tommy Simmons, Brenda Slovak and Michael Wilson, have been serving as active police chief in 30-day rotations.