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Durant Hires New City Manager, Oklahoma Native Tim Rundel

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DURANT, OK – The city of Durant has a new city manager.

A position that's been open for nearly five months has been filled by Tim Rundel.

He was chosen out of 30 plus candidates by the city.

"He was actually the last one we interviewed, and he blew everyone out of the water, he has great vision, and fits in with the chemistry of Durant," said Durant Mayor, Stewart Hoffman.

The announcement was made by council members during a special city council meeting Tuesday evening.

"I am very excited to be here, it's been a long time coming, coming from the state of California, I've been gone from home for a couple of years, and my wife and I are ecstatic about returning back, especially to Southern Oklahoma," said newly hired Durant City Manager, Tim Rundel.

Rundel, a Woodward, Oklahoma native has been in local government for fifteen years serving as assistant city manager in both Yukon and Midwest City, Oklahoma before moving to Auburn, California where he was city manager for  two in a half years.

His decision to come back to the sooner state was to be close to family, and be near his two kids’ and his wife’s parents.

"We just decided, our parents are getting to a certain age, and we just needed to be close to home, and be near our two kids in Norman," said Rundel.

Relocating to Durant for its grand vision.

"I wanted to pick a city that had a good financial background, and also has some good vision, and I think Durant has that, I mean I think we're right on the cusp of going to the next step, of both commercial, industrial, residential as well, and I wanted to be part of that," said Rundel.

Durant has been through its fair share of ups and downs this year; the city has been without a city manager since May, when Sarah Sherrer was let go for actions they say were detrimental to the city. 

Back in May, deputies said she fired a gun inside her home during an argument with her husband.

Council members are now hopeful Rundel will help Durant move forward into a more positive future.

"I think we're going to have a lot of growth, a lot of prosperity, get things going the way they're supposed to," said Hoffman.

Rundel says his first plan of action is to connect with his new community.

"I think that's important, getting to know the people, that are in there, and care about the community, and being a part of that family as well," said Rundel.

His official start date is October 31st.