The City of Stephenville has announced the names of four finalists in the search for a new city manager. The candidates have been invited for interviews on Wednesday, January 25. 

The nationwide search is being conducted by Strategic Government Resources (SGR), a local government executive search firm based in Keller, Texas. SGR’s recruitment and vetting process, which includes a comprehensive questionnaire, online interviews, apsychometric assessment, a thorough media search, and a rigorous background investigation, produced an impressive field of highly-skilled candidates with a wide range of experience. The city received a total of 38 applications from individuals in 14 states.

Here are the finalists:

Allen Barnes has almost 20 years of city management experience. He most recently served as City Manager for the City of Gonzales, Texas, a position he began in 2011. He previously served as City Manager for the cities of Sachse, Texas, Liberty, Texas, and Whitesboro, Texas. Before he began his career in city management, Barnes served as Deputy Sheriff in Collin County, Texas for 13 years. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from the university of Texas at Dallas.

Everett (Bo) Thomas has 29 years of local government experience and currently serves as City Manager of Bellmead, Texas. He previously served as City Manager of Page, Arizona, and City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Risk Manager in Hobbs, New Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.

James (Jim) Gray has more than 30 years of local government experience. He is currently Interim City Manager in Jersey Village, Texas. He previously served as City Manager of Ingleside, Texas, Director of Public Works in Alamo Heights, Texas, Director of Public Works in Gainesville, Texas, and in the engineering department in Denton, Texas. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, both from the university of North Texas.

Jeffery (Jeff) Jenkins has 12 years experience in city management. He most recently served as Assistant City Manager in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He previously served as City Manager in Lucas, Texas, City Administrator in Henrietta, Texas, and City Manager in Cactus, Texas. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, both from Midwestern State University.