On Tuesday night the Stephenville City Council met in closed session and approved the contract to hire former Granbury financial director and city manager Wayne McKethan as interim city administrator.

The council met last week and interviewed McKethan, ultimately choosing him to serve in the post while an executive search is conducted to find a permanent replacement for previous city administrator Pat Bridges.

Bridges - who left the position on Oct. 7 - and who previously had been the Stephenville police chief - left to become police chief at the University of Texas Arlington.

Mayor Kenny Weldon said, “After negotiations between our attorneys this last week we have reached agreement and Mr. McKethan will now serve as our interim city administrator.”

McKethan said, “Stephenville is such a vibrant city, I’m really anxious to get going and will start my position on Wednesday, Oct 19th. I’m just honored and excited to be here.”

Community Services Director Jeremy Allen has been acting as temporary city administrator while the contract was formalized with McKethan.

The other action taken by the city council was the creation of a deputy city administrator’s position and discussion of duties and responsibilities of that job. In a phone interview with the E-T on Tuesday morning, Mayor Kenny Weldon explained, “That’s something we’ve been discussing for a couple of years. The city council has the power to create the position, but not to do the hiring; the city administrator would do the hiring.”

The council also agreed to make the initial deputy city administrator’s position a dual one, that is, one of the current city department directors will most likely be offered the new position at a salary increase, while continuing current departmental duties.

A source told the E-T that Allen’s the front runner for the new dual-responsibility job.

No details of McKethan’s contract were available as he and the mayor adjourned upstairs in City Hall to sign the documents. Additionally, no salary for the new deputy city administrator’s job has been announced at the time this article was being written.