Keller Police chief Mark Hafner appointed interim city manager

Keller Police Chief Mark Hafner has been named interim city manager, replacing Steve Polasek, who resigned his position on Sept. 11.

Keller City Council unanimously voted last week to appoint Hafner, the city’s director of public safety, to the interim position.

“Mark is a gifted leader who has earned the respect of the City Council, city staff and our citizens,” Mayor Mark Mathews said in a prepared statement. “He is the ideal candidate to lead this organization during the upcoming transition.”

The city will search for a permanent city manager, which typically takes about six months for cities the size of Keller, said Rachel Reynolds, the city’s public information officer,

Polasek’s last day will be Nov. 9, after which he will serve as city manager in Roswell, New Mexico.

As public safety director, Hafner oversees the police and fire departments, including the regional efforts for animal services and adoptions, 911 dispatch and holding that are housed at the Keller Police facility and shared with the cities of Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake.

He also is the immediate past-president of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, a past-president of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association and the Keller Rotary Club, and has served as acting city manager when Polasek was out of the office.

After Hafner assumes the interim position, Keller Police Department’s three police captains, Tommy Simmons, Brenda Slovak and Michael Wilson, will serve as acting police chief in 30-day rotations, according to the city.

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