After weeks of speculation, Claremore’s Assistant City Manager Matt Mueller confirmed Thursday that he would not be assuming duties as city manager in Colleyville, Texas.

“I will be continuing in my position as assistant city manager for the City of Claremore,” Mueller confirmed. “While the selection process to become the next City Manager of Colleyville, Texas was an excellent learning experience and the position holds tremendous opportunity, it’s not the right position for me at this time.”

While Mueller said he was honored to have been considered by the Colleyville City Council, he felt Claremore was where he felt he “should be at this time.”

“The Colleyville community is a wonderful place with a dedicated City Council and professional staff,” he said. “The fact I was in final consideration to become their City Manager is a testament to Claremore’s Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and outstanding staff who have successfully earned Claremore a reputation around the country as a leader in innovation and effective local government.”

“I’m very happy Matt will be staying with us,” said Troy Powell, Claremore city manager, “and I look forward to continuing to work with him on the big challenges that lay ahead of us.”

Mueller was one of 100 hopefuls who had applied for the Colleyville city manager position, when former city manager Bill Lindley departed in August 2008.

Of those who applied for the position, Mueller and former Weatherford City Manager Jennifer Fadden were the two finalists, but the naming of Lindley’s successor stalled as several weeks of Colleyville City Council meetings failed to yield a decisive choice on the part of the Colleyville council members.

“I’m excited to continue to serve the Claremore community,” Mueller said. “In the past three years, we’ve made many improvements as well as begun many projects and programs for the future of Claremore — I’m looking forward to being here to see many of the projects and programs through to completion.

Mueller, 29, has been assistant city manager in the City of Claremore since 2006.

Prior to coming to Claremore, he worked as the management analyst for the City of Edmond, and the city manager’s assistant for the City of Fairview.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Mueller and his wife Rachel live in Claremore.

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