Carlos Combs, City Manager
The City Manager manages the administration of the City of Hazard, a full-service municipal government, as directed by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners. He is responsible for all departments of the city government, overseeing a consolidated budget of $24,700,000 and a city payroll of over 150 employees. The City Manager also serves as the purchasing agent and the personnel director for the City of Hazard. The City Manager is directly involved in all levels of the day-to-day city operation, from coordinating multi-million dollar projects to answering questions about daily garbage pick-up. He is also responsible for the operations of Hazard Utilities and the certification of its operators and distributors.
Carlos Combs is married with two sons and two granddaughters. As a graduate of M.C. Napier High School and Union College, he taught one semester in the Perry Co. School System before being hired by the City of Hazard. Prior to being promoted to City Manager, Carlos was the Director of Public Works.
Paul Townes, Assistant City Manager
Paul Townes, a native of Hazard, has held the office of Assistant City Manager since the early 1980's. A graduate of Hazard High School, Mr. Townes completed his undergraduate degree (BS in Business Administration) at the University of Kentucky, and his Master's degree at the University of Louisville (MS in Community Development). Mr. Townes teaches computer classes part-time at Hazard Community College. He and his wife, Cecile, have two children (Lisa Townes Davidson and Chad Townes) and one grandaughter, (Alexa Ann Davidson).
City Treasurer / Secretary to the Mayor
Beverly Combs Maggard is currently in her 22nd year of employment with the City of Hazard. In July 1988, Mrs. Maggard was employed as the Tax Administrator, and in 1993, she was appointed City Treasurer. For the past sixteen years, she has also served the Executive-Secretary to Mayor William D. Gorman. Mrs. Maggard is a life-long resident of Hazard. She is a 1966 graduate of Hazard High School and attended Hazard Community College.
She is married to Rod Maggard, the former police chief of Hazard, who is now Director of the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Center. They are active members of Petrey Memorial Baptist Church. They have three daughters Lesley Buckner, Brandi Townsley, and Vali Dye and four grandchildren, Ali, Walker, Mitchell and Grayson.
Linda Steele has worked in City Hall since August 2008. Before becoming City Clerk, she was a substitute teacher for Hazard City Schools and a secretary for Steele's Auto Sales. She's a graduate of Pikeville High School and Pikeville College, majoring in General Business. She earned a teaching certificate in Middle School Education in English and Social Studies. Linda is a member of Smithsboro Baptist Church. She and her husband Rick have two children: Ricky Steele and Jaime Steele Coffey; and four grandchildren: Brooklyn Steele, Micah Steele, Lyla Coffey and Davis Webb Coffey.