TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Texarkana, Ark. Board of Directors voted to accept the resignation of City Manager Kenny Haskin on Thursday night.
The media were alerted to the meeting on Thursday morning, just before 11 a.m., about an executive session for the discussion of personnel, set for 6 p.m. that evening.
In a 4-3 vote, the board voted to accept Haskin’s immediate resignation. In another 4-3 vote, the board voted to appoint David Haak as Haskin’s replacement.
Haskin has not responded to request for comment on his reason for resigning or what he plans to do next.
Haak is a former candidate for Texarkana, Arkansas mayor and a former Arkansas State Representative. He also acted as the spokesperson for the plaintiffs in a 2019 lawsuit against the city over pay parity for civil service employees such as firefighters and police officers.
Haak told KTAL NBC 6 News on Friday that he will be serving in an interim capacity as he leads the search to find a new, permanent city manager. Haak added that he’s not taking any salary or benefits, but will serve in a full-time capacity while he is the interim city manager.