MDD executive quits, interim leader named

Action taken Tuesday after executive session

Tom Manskey, the only executive director the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) has ever had, resigned Tuesday in order to accept a position at an Austin-area firm.

MDD directors, meeting at City Hall, emerged from a twohour plus executive session to accept his resignation and elevate administrative assistant Kara Clore to replace him on an interim basis.

Manskey starts his new job with Vista SG Solutions Group on Monday. MDD directors waived the 30-day notice requirement for an executive director’s resignation and said Manskey’s last day in Rockdale will be Friday.

‘ TOO GOOD’—Fol lowing the meeting Manskey told The Reporter he wasn’t looking for a new position but the deal from Vista was the proverbial “offer I couldn’t pass up.”

“It’s run by a friend of mine and this all happened suddenly,” Manskey said. “They contacted me after the last city council meeting with an offer and I turned them down. They asked what it would take (to hire me) and I gave them a figure. They called me back and accepted it.”

Manskey will be in charge of new business development for the 17-employee company.

FACADE GRANT—In other business the MDD granted its first facade improvement grant in the amount of $10,000, to Miller-Starnes Chevrolet-Buick.

Co-owner Kerry Starnes said the project will feature a complete remodeling, inside and outside of the more than half-century old building.

“ This grant is only a small portion of the cost, which hasn’t yet been determined,” he said. “We hope to get started within 45 days. It will be very nice, more like newer GM dealerships.”

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