Susan Guthrie named as finalist for city administrator position west of Ft. Worth

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Two former city of Tyler administrators are finalists to become the city administrator of a small Texas town west of Fort Worth.

Former assistant city managers Susan Guthrie, who resigned from Tyler in April, and Scott Wall, who was hired in 2009, were interviewed Wednesday to potentially lead the city of Willow Park.

The city has narrowed its search to four candidates, and plans to make the choice public in August. A fifth candidate, Jacksonville City Manager Mo Raissi, withdrew his name from the list.

The city has a population of 4,305, according to the census, and is west of Fort Worth on Interstate 20 in Parker County.


Susan Guthrie spent more than eight years with the city of Tyler, where she served in the roles of assistant city manager and communications director. She also was named interim city manager while the council looked to replace Mark McDaniel after he accepted a position in Dallas.

Ms. Guthrie has worked in the private sector and higher education with the city of Mesa, General Electric ASI and the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Ms. Guthrie holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She is soon to begin a doctorate program in human resource development at UT Tyler.


Scott Wall was hired as Tyler assistant city manager in 2009 under McDaniel. He has served as assistant city manager for Leander, city manager for Sherman, assistant city manager and city manager for Lancaster, city manager of Hondo and city administrator of Haskell.

He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from West Texas State A&M University and received his master’s in interdisciplinary studies from Texas State University.


Rosealee Hoffman, with The Community News in Aledo, Texas, contributed to this report.


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