Waco’s new city manager has an optimistic way of viewing problems that should serve the community well.

Asked about the impact the ongoing crisis at Mount Carmel will have on Waco, Jim Holgersson, who is only Waco’s third city manager in 21 years, said when Waco eventually emerges from the crisis the community could actually benefit from all the attention.

Holgersson feels people attracted to Waco by the event will have the opportunity to see the positive aspects of Waco. “They may well say, ‘Gee, this is a great community,’ “he said. Now, that’s a good attitude.

Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part Two appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

Read the accounts of April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.