After a closed executive session of the Stephenville City Council Wednesday, it was announced that Allen Barnes has been selected as the new city administrator.

Since the October 2015 resignation of former Stephenville City Administrator Chief Pat Bridges, who left to return to law enforcement work, the position has been filled by interim city administrator Wayne McKethan.

Barnes most recently served as city manager for the city of Gonzales, a position he began in 2011. He has nearly 20 years of city management experience, having served as city manager for the Texas cities of Sachse, Liberty and Whitesboro.

Among the most notable non-administrative positions he’s held was that of deputy sheriff in Collin County for 13 years.

In terms of formal education, Barnes has a master’s degree in public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from the University of Texas at Dallas.

After the selection was announced, Mayor Kenny Weldon said, "We had a very competitive group of highly-qualified candidates to review and interview during the search process.

“This is a very important decision for our citizens and we spent many hours reviewing resumes, conducting interviews and discussing the various attributes of each candidate.  

“The city council is extremely impressed with both the professional record and friendly personality of Mr. Barnes. He is a skilled and respected professional city administrator who will bring a tremendous amount of value and experience to our community.”

In response, Barnes said, “I am truly excited to be part of the future of this great community. Stephenville is an impressive town, and I can’t wait to get here and become an active part as we plan for the future.”

Barnes was accompanied by his wife, Brenda, who was present when the council voted to approve his appointment. He will begin his duties with the city on Feb. 16.