David was born in in 1957 in Abilene, Texas to Donald and Shirley Blackburn. David’s father was a career military man (US Air Force). David’s father died while on active duty in 1973. His mother, Shirley, lives in Abilene and is still a practicing registered nurse.
David has lived in multiple places over the course of his life, including Canada, the Philippines, North Africa, and several cities across the US. For the past 22 years, David has lived in Central Texas.
David is married to Anne Blackburn, who is a registered nurse. Anne is currently a school nurse for the Temple Independent School District. David has four daughters, all grown and living in places from Texas to New York to China.
David graduated from Abilene Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas. David then attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and received a Bachelor of Arts from Hardin-Simmons, with a double major in History and Political Science. David then attended the American University in Washington, D.C., studying International Affairs. David then attended St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas where he received his Juris Doctorate.
David retired from the City of Temple in August, 2014. David had served the City of Temple as City Manager since April, 2005. As City Manager, David was the chief executive officer for the City of Temple. The City of Temple is a full service, home-rule city with approximately 1,000 employees. Prior to his service with the City of Temple, David was City Manager for the City of Killeen. David also served as Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager and City Attorney for the City of Killeen.
Prior to his service in Killeen, David served as City Attorney for the cities of Texarkana, Texas and Plainview, Texas. All totaled, David’s career in local government service spans almost 30 years.
David has served on multiple boards and commissions over the years. Locally, he has served on the Temple Economic Development Board of Directors, as well as being an ex-officio member of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. David’s regional board and commission service includes serving on the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization (a regional transportation planning body), the Brazos G Water Planning Group (a regional water planning body), and the Brazos River & Bay Basin Area Stakeholder Committee ( a regional water planning group).
David has also been a member of various professional organizations, to include the International City/County Managers Association, the Texas City Managers Association, the Texas City Attorney’s Association, and the Association of the United States Army.