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Abilene City Manager




David A. Vela
Interim City Manager

David A. Vela was appointed Interim City Manager for the City of Abilene, Texas in October 2014.  He joined the City of Abilene in 2006 as Assistant City Manager and in 2011 became Deputy City Manager. Prior to joining the City of Abilene, Mr. Vela served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Alice, Texas for 3 years.

Mr. Vela has been active in his professional associations and is a member of the International City Management Association and the Texas City Management Association. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University.

Mr. Vela is married to Karla and he has two children.

City Manager

The City of Abilene operates under the council-manager form of government. Under this system, with approval of city council, the mayor appoints a city manager who acts as the chief executive officer of the government. In the chief executive capacity, the city manager works with the city council, city department directors, and city staff to develop and implement policies guiding the city. This general function may take a number of forms including coordination of daily operations and long range development of the city; preparation of the annual budget; development and implementation of personnel regulations, financial and administrative policies; and other actions as required by the mayor and city council or Code of Ordinances.

The city attorney, municipal court judge, and city secretary are also appointed by the mayor with approval of council. All other officials and department heads are hired by and responsible to the city manager. The city manager's office staff includes three assistant city managers, two executive secretaries, and a community information coordinator.

Contact Information

The City Manager can be reached at:

Phone: (325) 676-6206

555 Walnut Street
Suite 203
PO Box 60
Abilene, Texas 79604-0060
fax: (325) 676-6229


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