A reception was held for Carl Holder on Friday, May 1, 2015 as he retires after 40 years in city government. He has been City Manager in Paris since 1993.  Mr. Holder also served in Mount Pleasant, TN,  Savannah, TN and Paducah, KY.

We wish Carl Holder the best in his retirement!






Some of the notable accomplishments for the City of Paris during his tenure were:

  • 2012-Bethel, HCMC, the City and the County in a joint effort developed a facility for an educational facility and diagnostic center.
  • 2007-Designed and implemented a package for local investors for the old Mohon plant, now Institutional Caseworks, Inc..
  • 2006-Spearheaded the African-American Monument in the Historical City Cemetery.
  • 2003-Developed the City / HCHS tennis courts
  • 2001-Led project to rebuild the Eiffel Tower as a permanent structure where the French Consulate attended the dedication.
  • 2001-In conjunction with Henry County built a new Animal Shelter.
  • 1999-Developed the Paris Elementary School along with the Civic Center in cooperation with the School Board.
  • 1998-Developed Jim Adams Drive along with Mr. Adams to provide more retail and office space.
  • 1997-Developed Memorial Park # 2 to provide more natural walking trails and fishing for community.
  • 1996-Following a roof collapse of the old two-story Atkins Porter School, the City purchased the property from the PSSD and salvaged the new part of the building for a Recreation Center for the Parks Department and since that time added a Dog Park, presently a very popular attraction in the City.
  • 1996-Under the management of Mr. Holder, the City purchased 106 acres and developed it with roads, water and sewer for an Industrial Park for the City of Paris.
  • 1996-Major lighting project for the Downtown Business District with a project cost of $650,000.
  • Over several years worked with Friends of the Parks to provide all city parks with new playground equipment.
  • Worked in cooperation with the State to build the Workforce Rehabilitation Center. After being hit by a tornado he coordinated the construction of the building a second time while providing a location for them to continue work during construction.