The College Station City Council has appointed Kelly Templin as its new city manager. The announcement and unanimous vote occurred following the council’s executive session Thursday evening.
About Kelly Templin
Templin is a third-generation Aggie who has served as city manager of Seabrook, Texas, since 2011, and has led numerous economic development and infrastructure improvement efforts in that city. For more than two decades, Templin has worked in and with municipal governments:
- 2011-present: City Manager, Seabrook, Texas
- 2007-2011: Deputy City Manager, Seabrook, Texas
- 2004-2007: Principal, IPS Group, planning/development consultancy
- 2002-2004: Director of Development Services, College Station
- 1996-2002: Director of Planning, Auburn, Ala.
- 1994-1996: Director of Planning/Historic Preservation Administrator, Oxford, Ohio
- 1993-1994: Director of Planning, Seabrook, Texas
Templin holds two degrees from Texas A&M University: a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design (1987) and a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning (1991).
“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to return to the community that my family and I love so much,” Templin said. “I look forward to working with the city council, staff and citizens to make College Station the best city it can be.”
A specific start date for Templin has not yet been determined, but Mayor Nancy Berry said the city council and staff should expect a relatively easy learning curve for the new city manager.
“In many ways, Kelly has never stopped being part of this community,” Mayor Berry said. “He and his family are here quite often; they have great friends here; and he already has long-standing relationships with the City of Bryan, Texas A&M University and many other important stakeholders. Our future is very bright.”
Templin will fill the vacancy created when City Manager Frank Simpson suffered a fatal heart attack on April 27 — only a few weeks after being appointed by the College Station City Council. Deputy City Manager Kathy Merrill was subsequently named interim city manager until a search could be completed.
About College Station appointees
Per the city’s charter, the College Station City Council has five appointed positions: city manager, city attorney, city secretary, city internal auditor and municipal court judge.