Don Hatcher, division director for public works and city engineer for the City of Brownwood, will briefly take on the title of interim city manager.

Hatcher will be the third person to hold that title while working his regular job with the city since Kevin Carruth was forced to resign as city manager in November.

His assignment will be a short one, as Brownwood City Council members voted Tuesday to hire Bobby Rountree of Goldthwaite as city manager. Rountree is expected to start work in mid-September but plans to attend budget workshops later this month.

Council members voted unanimously to name Hatcher interim city manager after James Campbell announced he wanted to step down as the interim. Campbell is also the director of the Brownwood Economic Development Corp.

Council members agreed to pay Hatcher $100 a day above his regular salary, and also voted to retroactively pay Campbell $100 for each day he worked as interim city manager.

Councilman Carl McMillan commended Campbell for working two jobs since being named interim city manager in May. Council members named Campbell to the interim position in May after City Attorney Pat Chesser asked to be relieved of the job.

Hatcher began working for the city in 1984 as director of public works, and was promoted to division director in 1999, according to city records.