Members of the Stephenville City Council remained largely tight-lipped Monday on who might be named as the interim city administrator.
The council is set to discuss the matter tonight when they meet at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
“We are not going to decide on (the interim tonight),” said Mayor Kenny Weldon. “This meeting is to organize our thoughts and decide how to proceed from here.”
City Administrator Pat Bridges announced his retirement last week. His last day with the city is Oct. 7.
Weldon said he fully expects to have an interim in place before Bridges’ departure to ensure a “smooth transition.”
And while Weldon wouldn’t speculate on who might be named to temporarily fill Bridges’ shoes, he did talk about the qualities he is looking for.
“Personally I am looking for someone with a comprehensive knowledge of city government; someone with experience managing at an executive level which the job requires,” Weldon said.
At least one department head is expressing interest in the interim position.
Jeremy Allen, director of community services, said he would be willing to serve if the city council asks him.
“I am interested in the interim position, but I don’t know what the council will decide,” Allen said. “They can take this in any direction they want.”
Council member Carla Trussell said she hopes the council will choose to interview several people for the permanent and interim position rather than just appointing someone to the job.
“ I would like someone with a business background,” Trussell said.
Councilman Jerry Warren said he would be open to appointing a current department head, including Allen.
“We’ve got some pretty good department heads that can step in and do the job until we find someone permanently,” Warren said.