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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Killeen’s Community Development Executive Director, Leslie Hinkle, to retire


Hinkle served the City of Killeen for more than 28 years

KILLEEN, Texas (Jan. 26, 2023) – Leslie Hinkle, Executive Director of Community Development for the City of Killeen, will retire at the end of March following more than 28 years with the City.

“Having over 32 years of municipal service, I have been able to serve the community and see projects, programs and activities come to fruition,” Hinkle said. “It makes me extremely proud to know that I may have had a small hand in the execution of many of them.”

The divisions under Hinkle’s department include the libraries, Killeen Civic and Conference Center, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Killeen Arts and Activities center, building services, custodial services, Americans with Disabilities Acts compliance and HUD grant programs, the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME program, and the HOME American Rescue Plan Program.

Under Hinkle’s leadership, the City of Killeen has been able to use grants to assist thousands with utility bill assistance, help hundreds with emergency rental and mortgage assistance, and helped thousands through COVID-19 clinics, among dozens of other accomplishments.


The role of the Executive Director of Community Development entails development and implementation of community development plans, programs and services and administering federal grants efficiently. The position involves assisting eligible citizens, City departments and organizations in obtaining and making use of the service and benefits provided by that department, among other duties.

Hinkle worked with eight mayors, several municipal court judges, and a host of Executive Directors and staff members. Her last day will be March 31, 2023.

“I consider my tenure with the City of Killeen to be some of the most enjoyable and rewarding times— a rewarding and fulfilling journey of dedicated service every day for everyone. It has truly been a genuine honor to serve the Killeen community,” Hinkle said.

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