Pat Chesser stepped down Tuesday as Brownwood interim city manager, and council members appointed economic development director James Campbell to take his place.

Campbell, 59, will hold the job through Sept. 30 unless a new city manager is hired before then, and he does not want the job on a permanent basis, Campbell and Mayor Bert Massey said.

Campbell will continue in his job as executive director of the Brownwood Economic Development Corp. and will not receive a pay raise for holding dual jobs.

The council will likely hire former City Manager Gary Butts as a consultant to assist in the search for a city manager and to assist Campbell in preparing the budget for the 2007-’08 fiscal year, Massey said.

Council members appointed Chesser, who is the Brownwood city attorney, as interim city manager in November after Kevin Carruth resigned.

“ … The council and I want to thank Pat Chesser for serving as the interim for the past six months,” Massey said in a press release. “His service is to be commended. Pat simply no longer desired to serve in a dual capacity and wants to concentrate on his job as city attorney.”

Before working in Brownwood, Campbell was the assistant director of economic development in Abilene for three years. He previously worked as a financial consultant for First Southwest Company, investment bankers, for ten years.

Campbell also worked as city manager in Corsicana and Colorado City, and as director of public works for the Big Spring.

Massey said in the release that Campbell brings “a wealth of experience … and the City Council and I believe he will do well in this dual capacity.”