Would you consider firing yourself if you didn’t have enough work to do? That’s what the City Manager of Keller, TX did. Yes, you read that right. A government employee is including his own position in a round of budget cuts. Take note, because you may never see this type of fiduciary responsibility in government ever again.

Keller City Manager Dan O'Leary (courtesy: City of Keller)

Dan O’Leary, the City Manager of Keller, TX, is certainly a rarity in government. Mr. O’Leary not only believes in the need for prudency in spending tax dollars, he was willing to cut his own job from the city budget to achieve it!

“There came a point and time where I realized that there wasn’t enough work for all three city managers and quite honestly, in some respects, I could tell the days were getting a little longer and I was getting a little more and more bored.”

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility typically doesn’t give awards at the local level, but in this case, Mr. O’Leary may have earned the distinction as an Honorary Taxpayer Champion. At the very least, he should be considered a hero to all taxpayers.

Dustin Matocha

Dustin Matocha is the CFO and COO of Texas Scorecard. Dustin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Management, a BA in Government, and a minor in Marketing. He’s a self-described Corvette enthusiast, baseball purist, tech geek and growing connoisseur of local craft beer.


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