With a unanimous vote of the city council, the city of Whitehouse has extended a conditional offer to Aaron Smith for the position of city manager.
Smith brings city manager experience from Ogallala, Nebraska and Tulia. He is a 1995 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler. Smith holds a Master of Public Administration, Public Management Track and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Texas Tech University.
Council members heard from two candidates on Monday after a candidate review committee had narrowed the field.
"Tonight was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to be part of in my life," Mayor Charles Parker said. "We had two outstanding candidates. Either one, both of them, would have been assets to our city. I wish we could have hired them both. I'm thrilled with Aaron. He's going to be a breath of fresh air to the city. It's morning in Whitehouse."
Smith met in executive session with the council following their vote, which took place in the open session.
"My family and I are just so excited for the opportunity to come back to East Texas," Smith said. "We've been trying to get back here for a long time. It feels like we have come full circle and for the first time in a long time we've come home. We are looking forward to working with the community and making it the best it absolutely can be. We are certainly looking forward to working with the citizens as well. Anything they have to bring forward to make a positive difference we are open to that."
Following background checks and other personnel processing steps, Smith will take his place with the city.