HUTTO — While Hutto searches for a permanent city manager, city officials have someone in place in the interim.

On Dec. 19, the Hutto City Council voted unanimously to hire Charles W. Daniels to serve as interim city manager. Daniels was former assistant city manager for the cities of Fort Worth and Dallas.  

“The Council was extremely impressed with Mr. Daniels’ credentials and experience,” said Mayor Doug Gaul. “I believe he will bring stability and great leadership to our city and to our employees during this critical time of transition.” 

Daniels brings with him more than 40 years of management in a diverse array of municipal governmental functions in various-sized cities. Daniels retired from the City of Fort Worth in 2015 after 11 years as assistant city manager. Previously, he served as assistant city manager for the City of Dallas for nine years. 

Daniels has served as interim city manager for many cities in Texas. In a press release, the City of Hutto said Daniels is highly qualified and experienced in providing stability and leadership through transitional times for municipalities. 

“I look forward to assisting the city in moving forward with the momentum that has been laid out,” said Daniels. “I’m not here to slow things down, but to provide leadership and stability to the citizens, the employees and the city as a whole.” 

Former city manager Odis Jones was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 19 following two independent investigations addressing the conduct of the City Manager’s Office. The City Council had previously voted to approve a separation agreement with Jones in November. The investigations revealed that there was no merit to the allegations.

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