KELLER, TEXAS (May 2, 2012) – At their meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, the Keller City Council approved a contract with Steve Polasek to become the new city manager. Mr. Polasek has been serving as the interim city manager since April 21st following the departure of former City Manager Dan O’Leary.
“I am honored by the opportunity to become city manager of the City of Keller and look forward to continuing my service to our Mayor, City Council, residents and businesses. I also appreciate working alongside such capable and professional city staff as we continue to provide a high level of service within our community,” stated Mr. Polasek.
Mr. Polasek has been with the City of Keller since 2008 and has overseen various projects and departments including Finance, Parks and Recreation, Information Services, Library, Administration and Human Resources. Mr. Polasek has served in various positions in local government since 1992 and previously worked for the cities of Southlake and Hurst.
One of Mr. Polasek’s first actions as city manager involved changing the organizational structure within the City. The changes provide an immediate cost savings of approximately $60,000 a year to the City while improving operational efficiencies. Assistant City Manager Chris Fuller has been named deputy city manager and will be adding two departments to his areas of responsibility. Mr. Fuller will oversee the departments of Economic Development, Public Works, Information Services, Community Development, Library, and Human Resources. Police Chief Mark Hafner will continue to fill his current role, but will also take on the added task of Director of Public Safety, providing administrative oversight to both the Police and Fire Departments. The City is not creating a department of public safety; both Police and Fire will remain as separate departments. The change will provide Police Chief Mark Hafner and Fire Chief Dan Gaumont, along with their staffs, a better opportunity to work more closely together and further explore opportunities to achieve greater operational efficiencies