College Station's city manager announced several promotions Wednesday, rounding out the top of the city's management positions.

Kelly Templin selected Chuck Gilman as his deputy city manager. Gilman, who's served as public works director, will oversee utilities, public works, parks and recreation and planning and development services working as Templin's second-in-command.

"I think because of his private sector past and his ability to react to development pressures, as well as interaction with the university and school district, he will be extremely well placed," Templin said.

Taking over for Gilman as director of public works will be Donald Harmon. Harmon previously served as assistant director of public works.

The two assistant city managers will be Kathy Merrill -- who filled in as interim city manager for five months after the sudden death of Frank Simpson -- and Jeff Kersten.

Templin, who started with the city about two months ago, wanted to be deliberate and slow in making his selections for these positions.

Kersten, who started with the city full time in 1991, has been serving as executive director of business services for the city. He will continue to head up fiscal services, with additional oversight over municipal courts and information technology.

"This is a real recognition of what he's long done for the city," Templin said of Kersten. "He had a tremendous workload here and his functions are so varied and wide-ranging."

Merrill will oversee the fire and police departments, human resources and community services, formerly community development, which will now be under the direction by Debbie Eller.

"Having [Gilman's] talents and Kersten's very strategic perspective with budgeting and his IT background and to have [Merrill] with the law enforcement background, it's a really good team," Templin said.

With these changes, Templin also got rid of two executive director positions -- Kersten's previous position as executive director of business services, and executive director of planning and development, a role previously held by Bob Cowell.

Cowell left College Station last month to take the job as assistant city manager in Amarillo, and Templin said his departure gave him the opportunity to review the position. The move away from executive directors makes it a more traditional city government model, Templin said.

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