Killeen: City manager plans to retire

Ron Olson. (File)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen City Manager Ronald Olson announced his retirement Wednesday in a letter to the city’s mayor and city council.

Olson said in the letter he plans to retire effective Oct. 1.

“Until that time, I plan to remain fully engaged in completing the planning cycle and the budget for the next fiscal year,” he wrote.

“This will lay the groundwork for the next city manager and allow them time to create their own plans for the future.”

The Killeen City Council approved a contract with Olson in February 2017 after identifying him as the lone finalist for the job.

He came to Killeen from Corpus Christi where he also served as city manager to fill the position, which had been open since former City Manager Glenn Morrison, who was hired in 2012 after five city council members were recalled over a buyout paid to his predecessor, announced in March 2016 that he was retiring after 30 years in municipal service.

Olson resigned as Corpus Christi’s city manager in May 2016 after the city of about 300,000 spent about two weeks under a boil order because of low levels of disinfectant in the water system.

Similar advisories were issued twice in 2015.

He has served as city manager in four other cities and as a county administrator, as well.

He holds two degrees from Brigham Young University.