PALESTINE - On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Palestine received the following statement from Kevin Coleman, city manager finalist in Palestine and the City Manager of Yoakum, Texas.

“Based on the Palestine council’s decision to table action on a previously agreed upon employment contract, I have withdrawn my application for the city manager’s position. At this point, I believe the best decision on my part is to continue to serve the city of Yoakum to the best of my ability. My hope is that the council in Palestine will take the time they need to decided what they want in their next city manager. Should they decide to invite me back at some point for future consideration, I will consider it based on what is best for my family, the dynamics of the community at the time, and the needs of Yoakum.”

The Palestine City Council will decide its next course of action at a meeting to be held later. No date has been set for that meeting.