Jane Foltz, director of Abilene Parks and Recreation, was named Abilene’s interim city manager at the regular meeting of the Abilene City Commission on Monday.

Foltz has been director of parks and recreation since 2001.

Following a 30-minute executive session, the commission voted 4-0 for Foltz to be interim for an indefinite amount of time.

“Right now we have a lot of things on the table,” Foltz said after the meeting. “We have a lot of projects and we have to keep moving forward. I am going to visit with staff and we are going to get a priority list assembled.”

Some key projects include the development of Eighth Street from Washington Street to Van Buren, issues with the city building, 14th Street from Buckeye Avenue to Vine, Faith Avenue drainage and the development of a new web site.

Foltz said she will maintain an office in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Building and will continue as director of the park and recreation department.

“I’ll just have longer days,” she said. “I have some great help there and it will be business as usual. There will be some people that will step up in leadership roles. We’ll continue on.”

The commission voted to increase Foltz’s base salary of $76,107 by 15 percent.

Hiring consultant

Without a vote, the commission directed City Attorney Aaron Martin to continue discussion with Dennis Kissinger as a paid consultant. Martin said that Kissinger offered at last week’s study session to assist an interim city manager on a half-day rate of $160 or $320 for a full day, working only a day or two per week if needed.

Commissioner Trevor Witt said he estimated a mileage rate of $150 if Kissinger had to make the trip to Abilene.

Kissinger served as Abilene’s interim city manager in 2010.

The commission terminated City Manager Austin Gilley in early May of this year. City Clerk Penny Soukup and Finance Director Marcus Rothchild had been co-acting city managers.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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