Temple, TX — Temple City Manager David Blackburn announced July 3 that he will resign/retire from his position after August 28.
Blackburn, who has served the city for the past decade in his current role and almost 30 years in local government service, cited pursuing other interests as his reason for departure.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to be Temple’s City Manager since April of 2005,” Blackburn said in a statement. “I cannot adequately convey in words what a humbling experience it has been. Over the past 10 years or so, I have had the privilege to observe a dynamic, growing community. The strides the community has made in improving our infrastructure and our quality of place are nothing short of amazing. It has truly been a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to steward this organization and this community during this time.”
The city manager handles the day-to-day operations of the city and is responsible for executing the policies set by the mayor and council. The position reports directly to the council and oversees all city departments.
“David is a dear friend and I will miss working with him on a daily basis,” states Mayor Danny Dunn. “I truly wish David the best and God’s speed. Temple would not be as successful as it is
today if it hadn’t been for his leadership. Under David’s management, Temple has thrived and
will continue to prosper thanks to his vision.” Dunn continues, “A lot of stock is put into being
‘in the right place at the right time’. I truly believe that when one door closes another door
opens. The future continues to be bright for the City of Temple and I see nothing but
opportunity in the days ahead.”
Temple Communications Director Shannon Gowan said city council has not determined who
will replace Blackburn, what the replacement process will be or when it will begin. Council will
plan to discuss the matter in the coming weeks, Gowan said.