Harold Boldt officially back as City Manager

Harold Boldt officially back as City Manager

Harold Boldt is back as Texarkana, Arkansas' City Manager.
Harold Boldt is back as Texarkana, Arkansas' City Manager.

He was in his office first thing Tuesday morning getting back into the swing of things.

Channel 6 spoke with Boldt who says the past seven months have been very frustrating.

But he says it feels good to be back, and he's ready to get things started, and move the town forward.

On Monday, board members approved Harold Boldt's contract, meaning he's back as City Manager.

"I'm not looking back, I'm looking forward," said Harold Boldt.

Boldt parted ways with the city in March after a public outburst at a board meeting.

However in September, the board voted to bring Boldt back.

"I'm very appreciative to the Board that voted me back in," said Boldt. "I think it took a lot of courage for them to do that, and I think they felt it was the right thing to do and I did too."

Boldt's contract says he'll be paid an annual salary of $111,000, he'll keep his severance package, and is now an at-will employee (he can be terminated on any day, at any time).

"I'm sorry this had to happen, I wish that somehow I could've personally controlled it, but that didn't happen."

Hiring Boldt wasn't a smooth process, and created a division between board members. But now that he's back, Mayor Wayne Smith says it's important for everyone to work as one.

"Hopefully as a board, we can get back together and put our personal differences aside and lets proceed with the business of the city," said Smith.

But adds he'll be watching Boldt closely.

"It's now our responsibility to do what our citizens elected us to do, and that's for us to hold our City Manager accountable and be responsible for monitoring money," said Smith.

It doesn't matter to Boldt how the board voted or what they think of him returning.

He says that he's moving past it all.

"I was always optimistic about coming back, completing the job that I think is undone," said Boldt. "I don't hold grudges."

Boldt jumped right into business on Tuesday.

He went to see the Convention Center as well as other places around town.

He has meetings scheduled for Wednesday, but he says his focus is on projects that will help Texarkana, Arkansas grow.
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