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Killeen approves new city manager

In a unanimous decision, the Killeen City Council voted to hire Kent Cagle.
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KILLEEN, Texas — The Killeen City Council approved Kent Cagle as their new city manager Tuesday night. 

Cagle has 32 years of experience in local government and 18 years of experience in city management. He recently served as the city manager of Leander, a job he held for seven years. 

The new city manager said he plans to hit the ground running and looks forward to meeting his colleagues.  

"I think I'll just bring a fresh look at everything, and I like to ask a lot of questions," Cagle said. "I like to get input from a lot of people, get different perspectives." 

As city manager, Cagle will oversee Killeen's budget, make recommendations to the mayor and other city leaders on various financial issues. 

Cagle will replace the city's previous city manager Ron Olson, who retired in October. He said he's confident he's the right person for the position. 

"At the end of the day, when the decisions come down that I have to make, I'm comfortable making those decisions." 

Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra spoke about a potential challenge Cagle may face as city manager.

"The challenge that any city manager has when they come into a town like ours is always keeping ahead of the growth," Segarra said. 

However, Segarra is confident Cagle has the resume and experience to lead Killeen into a bright financial future. 

"We're excited. We're looking forward to it. We're just excited he decided to make Killeen his home." 

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