After serving as Dumas interim city manager since February, Arbie Taylor will take the official title after the Dumas City Commission voted Friday to hire him as city manager.
Mayor Pat Sims made the motion to hire Taylor as the city manager, and the commissioners unanimously approved it. Taylor was previously the city’s public works director.
“I have a very high opinion of Arbie,” Sims said later. “He’s done a great job as interim city manager, and I have full confidence that he’ll move our city forward as our full-time city manager.”
Taylor had initially applied for the position but later withdraw his application. Recently, the commission had narrowed its search for a city manager to one applicant, Mike Arismendez, who is the city manager in Littlefield.
“We couldn’t get on the same page with Mike about compensation and other issues, so we had a visit with Arby and asked him to consider the position,” Sims said.
Taylor wasn’t available for comment, but Sims said one of the biggest challenges Taylor and the city must face is traffic and transportation.
“We’re working on several things with TxDOT, and Arbie’s knowledge is going to put us in a great position when dealing with those issues,” Sims said.