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By Jacque Ritchie



October 20, 2017

Jacque Ritchie

Steve Mueller, Aztec's Interim City Manager

Aztec City Commission has named Steve Muelller as interim city manager. After seven and a half years, the outgoing Aztec City Manager Josh Ray resigned in September to take another city manager position in Lago Vista, Texas. The city manager's job is to oversee the day-to-day operation of the city and coordinate with the mayor, commissioners and department heads to implement and complete various public works projects.

Currently, Mueller serves as Parks & General Services Director and has worked for the city for six years. Mueller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987 in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of North Texas. Mueller says he believes that his temporary appointment will be brief as, "...the commissioners are already working on filling the position, possibly from within the existing department heads." As to why he was tapped for the temporary position Mueller said, "I think at this point I have the benefit of having a really good crew, I'm really fortunate they know what's going on ... I don't have to be there all the time. They don't miss a beat and keep things running."

Mueller said he will receive "a small bump in pay" to compensate for the extra duties involved. Money was not a motivating factor for accepting the appointment. Mueller said, "I just wanted to step up and help with the smooth transition."

Current City Manager Josh Ray said, "Steve Mueller is a phenomenal guy and an excellent director. Because of his hard work, we have the best park system in the state." According to Ray, "He is really solid. If I could take him with me to Lago Vista, I would. I hope the commissioners seriously consider him for the permanent position."

According to Commissioner Sherri Sipe, "I believe Steve will do a good job in maintaining things and keeping everything rolling." Sipe continued, "I think our parks are in the best shape they've been in a long time, no more porta-potties! We have all upgraded bathroom facilites and they are really nice ones too." As to the process of hiring a new city manager Sipe explained, "We (commissioners) are looking to hire a firm to assist in hiring another interim city manager, which is why I call Steve our 'Internal Interim'." Sipe said because the majority of city commissioners are either up for re-election or not running for re-election, the current commission decided not to hire a new city manager until after the election in March.


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