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Thursday, November 9, 2017, City Council appointed Mike Holder to the position of City Secretary. City Manager Mike Slye stated “I’m extremely excited that the City Council has offered Mike the position of City Secretary. His prior experience with the City of Kaufman provides a solid foundation for his future success. Mike will be a great asset to the City’s team.”
Mike Holder has over 29 years of experience in local government. He began his career with the Dallas Police Department in 1988 and was appointed as the Colleyville Chief of Police in October 2011. Mike was promoted to Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Safety in June 2015, providing oversight to the Parks Department and Information Services as well as Public Safety Operations. He previously served as the Chief of Police in Kaufman, Texas from 2008 - 2011. Chief Holder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations & Business from Amberton University. He is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration Management College and the Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the Texas Police Chiefs Association and is the Immediate Past President of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association. Mike previously served on the Legislative Committee of the North Texas Crime Commission, the Advisory Board of the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training located at the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as the Executive Board of the Alliance for Children of Tarrant County. Mike is married to Shana, who is a teacher for Kaufman ISD, and they have three grown children.
Regarding returning to Kaufman, Mike Holder stated “I am extremely excited to be returning to the City of Kaufman. I am blessed to call Kaufman my home and I look forward to working with the current City of Kaufman staff to continue to provide exceptional services to our community.”