Noah Cullis, director of Planning and Building Service for Stephenville, has resigned and Jeremy Allen, deputy city administrator — who already oversaw the department in that capacity — has taken over day-to-day operations of the office.

The reason for his resignation was not given, but both Allen and City Councilman Jerry Warren said he departed on good terms with the city. 

Cullis was hired in November 2015 after previous Planning and Building Services Director Judy Miller left in August of that year, and he quickly became an active, hands-on director of the department.

Prior to his coming to Stephenville, Cullis and his family had been living in Yuma, Arizona where he was working as a project development planner at the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Site.

“Noah did a good job for the city of Stephenville and he definitely leaves on good terms with the city. We all wish him the best in whatever is next for him — he got us through some tough times and we appreciate his service,” Allen said. “We have some very capable people in Planning and Building Services so things look good for a smooth transition and we’re expecting that to happen. Inspections, and permitting will go on pretty much as normal; we want to assure the community about that.”

In a phone interview with the E-T, Warren echoed Allen’s appraisal of the situation.

“This is a friendly parting of the ways,” he said. “Nothing negative between Mr. Cullis and the city and I imagine things will be going on normally between the folks at the department and the people of Stephenville.”

He expressed complete confidence in Allen’s ability to handle the transition smoothly.

Allen, who is also director of Community Services that oversees Stephenville Parks and Recreation, said, “Our Parks Superintendent, Jesus Coronado, will step in as interim director of Community Services until we find a replacement for Mr. Cullis."