Killeen: Names of city manager finalists released

(Left to right) Ron Olson, Steve Norwood, John Murphy, Andy Bird and Dan Biles. (City of Killeen photos)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen Friday released the names of the five finalists in the search for a new city manager.

The five were chosen from a pool of 32 applicants identified in a nationwide search.

The finalists include Daniel Biles, a county official in Birmingham, Ala.; Andy Bird, the garrison manager for U.S. Southern Command/U.S. Army Garrison in Miami, Fla.; John Murphy, the city manager in Hobbs, N.M.; Steven Norwood, who most recently served as chief administrator of El Paso County, and Ron Olson, who most recently served as city manager in Corpus Christi.

The city council and a citizen panel will interview the finalists on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 in Killeen.

The position has been open since City Manager Glenn Morrison, who was hired in 2012 after five city council members were recalled over a buyout paid to his predecessor announced he was retiring after 30 years in municipal service.

Tuesday night, the council voted four to three to name police Chief, Dennis Baldwin, as interim city manager, after voting the week before to remove Assistant City Manager Dr. Ann Farris as the city’s interim manager.

Baldwin said he has served 33 years with the Killeen Police Department.

Assistant Police Chief Margaret Young is filling fill Baldwin's role.

'Young joined Killeen Police Department in 1990.

She became a peace officer in 1992 and worked her way up the ranks over her more than 26 year career culminating in her appointment as the city’s first female assistant police chief in 2015.

City manager finalists

Daniel Biles has nearly 25 years of leadership, management and engineering experience, five in local government. He is currently serving as the Deputy County Manager of Infrastructure for Jefferson County Commission in Birmingham, Alabama. Biles is a highly decorated retired colonel who has successfully led military construction and engineering teams through complex operations in harsh environments. He previously worked as the Executive Director of Public Works for the City of Corpus Christi. Biles is a licensed professional engineer and holds both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Andy Bird has over 35 years of senior executive leadership experience. He currently serves as Garrison Manager for U.S. Southern Command/U.S. Army Garrison in Miami, Florida. He previously served as the Deputy Garrison Commander for Fort Hood and as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army in Heidelberg, Germany. Bird holds a master’s degree in strategic studies, war, policy & strategy from Marine Corps University, a master’s degree in business management from Webster University, and a Bachelor of

John Murphy has more than 13 years of experience in local government and spent 19 years as a military officer. He is currently the City Manager of Hobbs, New Mexico. He previously served as the City Administrator and Deputy City Administrator of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and the CEO of Goals Consulting, LLC, in Wilkes-Barre. Murphy is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Master of Public Administration from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from King’s College.

Steven Norwood has more than 25 years of local government experience including 18 years as a city manager. He most recently served as Chief Administrator of El Paso County. Norwood has served as city manager for Prescott, Arizona, and for the Texas cities of Round Rock, Lancaster and Wylie. He has also worked for the cities of North Richland Hills and Euless. Norwood holds a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

Ron Olson has more than 38 years of local government experience and has served five cities as city manager and one county as county administrator. He most recently served as City Manager of Corpus Christi. Olson has also worked for Polk County, Iowa, and the cities of Arlington, Texas, Middletown, Ohio, Belding, Michigan, and West Jordan, Utah. He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Political Science from Brigham Young University.