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Council names new city manager

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LANCASTER - Opal Mauldin Robertson was named the new city manager after closed session reconvened during the Valentine’s Day, Monday, Feb. 14 council meeting.

Robertson, the first female city manager for the city, was surrounded by family and friends when the motion was made by council.

"I am very honored to be able to serve the community," said Robertson.

Having been employed by the city for eight years, starting out in community relations, Robertson served as assistant city manager since 2006 until being named interim city manager during the Monday, Jan. 24 council meeting after the council unanimously fired previous City Manager Ricky Childers.

"Being the first female city manager for the city ,to have that opportunity, it’s quite an achievement," said Robertson, whose service career began in 1993 on the staff of United States House of Representative Member Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District, Texas.

A native of Overton, Robertson completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Robertson is a member of the Texas City Management Association, International City County Management Association, North Texas City Management Association, The National Forum for Black Public Administrators and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

"I am looking forward to taking the city into a positive direction," said Robertson.

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