Bryan officially has a new city manager. David Watkins has accepted the city's offer to head up the staff. His first day on the job will come October 30.
“On my first visit to Bryan, I was very impressed with the quality of the elected officials,” Watkins said in a statement released by the city. “On my second visit, I was equally impressed with the quality of the city staff. This is a wonderful opportunity for my family and me, and I’ll work as hard as I can to make Bryan an even better place to live and work.”
Watkins previously held the city manager job in Auburn, Alabama, and has also served in that role in a pair of Kansas towns. He currently resides in Auburn.
“The Bryan City Council and I are extremely happy that David agreed to become our city manager,” Mayor Ernie Wentrcek said in the same city statement. “I’m very excited about Bryan’s future with him at the helm.”
Terms of Watkins' agreement will be released after the council meets in executive session to finalize the deal.
Tuesday, Watkins spent the final day of his tour visiting Bryan's parks and fire stations. Monday, he met with department heads and toured the police department.
Watkins will replace Mary Kaye Moore as city manager, who retired back in February. Acting City Manager Kean Register will continue in that role until Watkins arrives full-time.
Watkins was also a finalist in College Station's search for two assistant city managers. He was added to the list of Bryan's city manager finalists soon after Huntsville City Manager Kevin Evans withdrew from consideration.