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Breckenridge City Commission appoints Robertson-Caraway as interim city manager

Breckenridge City Commission appoints Robertson-Caraway as interim city manager
January 17
10:07 2021

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

With Breckenridge’s interim city manager Scott Dixon’s three-month stint ending recently, the Breckenridge City Commission voted at their meeting earlier this month to appoint City Secretary Heather Robertson-Caraway as the interim city manager while the search committee seeks a new manager for the city.

Commissioner Rob Durham, who was voted in as the Mayor Pro Tem in the December meeting, presided over the meeting, since Mayor Bob Sims was home sick.

Dixon has accepted a position as the city administrator of Castroville; his last day in Breckenridge was Jan. 8. He said that he and the local committee formed to hire a city manager recommended Robertson-Caraway for the position because of her capabilities and the fact that she has a highly trained staff who work in the city office, which will give her the opportunity to spend time on city manager business.

Last year, after Andy McCuistion retired from the city manager’s position, Robertson-Caraway and Public Works Director Houston Satterwhite shared the duties as co-interim city managers. However, Dixon said that Satterwhite’s current workload on the operations side of city business does not afford him enough time to serve as interim or co-interim city manager.

“…I believe Heather is more than capable of keeping it together,” Durham said. “I want to applaud Houston, as well, for what they were thrown into at the beginning. And Scott came in, and he just took the baton and just kept running. We’re talking about almost 7,000 people in our community, and … for the majority of the time, I feel like our community functioned well with what was given to us. And I think Heather and Houston and Scott need to be commended for that.”

The commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Robertson-Caraway as the interim city manger.

In related business, the commissioners also approved a proposal to contract with Strategic Government Resources to assist in the search for a new city manager. SGR was the company that provided Dixon to Breckenridge during his time as interim city manager. The cost of Dixon’s contract was funded by the Breckenridge Industrial Foundation.

In other business, the commissioners approved an electric franchise agreement with Oncor and ratified a 1996 interlocal agreement with Stephens County for cooperative street maintenance. There were several items on the agenda that were tabled or had no action taken pending additional discussion.

Breckenridge Mayor Pro Tem Rob Durham, left, addresses those attending the Jan. 5 City Commission meeting, including, pictured, commissioners Tom Cyprian and Russell Blue and City Secretary and newly appointed Interim City Manager Heather Robertson-Caraway. Durham presided over the meeting since Mayor Bob Sims couldn’t attend. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge City Secretary Heather Robertson-Caraway talks to the city commissioners, including Russell Blue, at left, during the Jan. 5 meeting. She was appointed to the position of Interim City Manager at the meeting. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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