Bryan's Acting City Manager Acts

The words "acting" and "interim" aren't interchangeable when it comes to Bryan's current city manager.

Kean Register has been on the job since mid-February, and he's already made some major moves.

"(Tthe city council) didn't want there to be some period of time, whether it be six months or a year, however long it takes to find a new city manager, where the city was stagnant," Register said.

And in the two months since Mary Kaye Moore retired from her role as Bryan's City Manager, things have been anything but stagnant.

"They really asked me to look at two things," Register said. "One, take a look at the organization structure and see if there's anything I can do to enhance it and make it better. Two, see if a public works director is something that would help in the city."

And Register has seen to both. Reorganization of the city's hierarchy has included the rehiring of College Station's Joey Dunn to act as a second deputy city manager, with Hugh Walker sharing those duties with him. Housing administrator David Storrie will become Special Projects manager, with longtime employee John Blackburn's job being cut as part of restructuring.

The many changes at the city haven't been done on a whim. A lot of thought has gone in to each decision, as Register always has done at whatever job he's delved into. But his new post involves new factors for each decision.

"There's a lot of politics involved in pretty much every issue you get into," Register said. "It's not cut and dry, black and white business decisions. There are a lot of other things that enter into that."

But this man who was all but deployed to Iraq last year, a man with a utilities background has utilized his position to act, just the city asked him titled him. While his tenure may be just months, Register's goal has been to make Bryan better than it was before. It's a job he says he won't hold permanently.

"It's certainly not a bad job, and I don't want anyone to get that impression," Register said. "It's just not something I wanted to do, and I had a completely different career path."

It's a path he'll return to in a few months, but not before carving a few new paths in the city he's actively managed.

The city council has asked their selected consulting firm to try and have a permanent city manager in place by early October.


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