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MARSHALL – The Marshall City Council has officially named Terrell Smith as the new Marshall City Manager.

Previously, Smith served as the assistant city manager of Sugar Land for more than six years and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas.

“I’m excited,” he said after the board’s vote on Thursday. “I’m excited to grow with the city and local organizations. There’s a lot of positive growth and energy here, and I just want to help it continue to grow.

Smith was chosen from six finalists selected by the City Council, all of whom met with Marshall City officials and community members throughout the past week.

“All six are excellent candidates. We couldn’t have made a wrong choice,” Mayor Amy Ware said.

“This week has been an eye-opener and an incredible experience, and I wanted to let each of you know how proud I am of the council,” Councilor Jennifer Truelove said, “There has been a lot of work in this process, and at the end of the day, I truly believe 100% that everyone on this board has Marshall, Marshall’s betterment, in their hearts.

He said he has a background in special project management, operations and strategic planning, having led a number of public works projects in Sugar Land.

“The community has been very welcoming. I tend to ask a lot of questions and everyone was so inviting,” Smith said. “I really look forward to working with everyone in the future.”

Thursday’s council meeting was the last for interim city manager David Willard, who has served in the role for three months, helping council with the hiring process while managing the city manager’s traditional responsibilities.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come and serve with you,” Willard said. “I am delighted with Mr Smith’s appointment and believe he will be an excellent City Manager.”

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