The Stepheville City Council will meet tonight at City Hall to possibly finalize the hiring of  former Granbury Financial Director and City Manager Wayne McKethan as interim city administrator. 

The council met last week in closed session and after interviewing McKethan named him to serve as interim city administrator while an executive search is conducted to find a permanent replacement for Pat Bridges who left that post on Oct. 7.

At that meeting, Mayor Kenny Weldon said, "After interviewing Mr. McKethan tonight, we think he has all the right credentials to serve in this interim position and we are going to begin contract negotiations with him on this.”

Community Services Director Jeremy Allen was asked to act as temporary city administrator last week and as Weldon explained, ”He will be working with city secretary Cindy Stafford and others to do that for the next week or so while we work on a contract with Mr. McKethan.”

The other agenda item will be discussions regarding the possibility of the creation of a deputy city administrator’s position.

“That’s something we’ve been discussing for a couple of years. The city council has the power to create the position, but not do the hiring; the city administrator would do the hiring,” Weldon explained. “We will discuss ideas about what that position would entail as part of what we’re going to be doing tonight.”

While the meeting is open to the public, both agenda items will be discussed in closed session. Typically, actions taken in those sessions are announced afterward at a reconvened public session. 

The vacancy in the city administrator’s position was created when Pat Bridges - who was in that job and had previously served as chief of police for Stephenville - left the administrator position to become assistant police chief at the University of Texas Arlington.