Meet Your Colleagues

The TCMA Management Messenger welcomes David A. Vela to his new position as the city manager for the City of Sweetwater. David’s appointment began June 20, 2016. Prior to his appointment, David served as Abilene deputy and interim city manager for nine and a half years. David also served as the city manager and assistant city manager for the City of Alice.

David earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a master’s degree from Texas State University.

David and Karla have been married 10 years and have two children, Alex and Sophia. His hobbies include spending time with the family, hiking, and enjoying many other outdoor activities. David also serves as a Petty Officer Second Class in the Maritime Regiment of the Texas State Guard.

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The TCMA Management Messenger welcomes Clay Caruthers to his new position as the city manager for the City of Hurst.  Clay’s appointment began July 16, 2016.  Prior to his appointment, Clay served as the assistant city manager for three years and became city manager upon Allan Weegar’s retirement.  Clay also served as the finance director for the City of Hurst and worked for the City of North Richland Hills prior to accepting a position with Hurst.

Clay received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas Christian University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas.

Clay and his wife Cherie have been married 20 years and have two daughters, Camryn and Cayton.  His hobbies are golf and family travel.  Clay and Cherie are both active with their kids’ activities, which include choir, basketball, volleyball, and softball.