Bridges announces his retirement from the city


After less than two years serving as the city administrator and four years as police chief, Pat Bridges is retiring.

Bridges confirmed Wednesday morning that he has taken a job as the assistant police chief at The University of Texas at Arlington. His family plans to remain in Stephenville for the time being while he commutes.

Bridges informed his staff on Tuesday night following the city council meeting. Members of the city council received a letter announcing his retirement Wednesday morning. 

“I will certainly miss the people. I have made a lot of good friends and a lot of memories in Stephenville,” Bridges said. “There have been some tough times, but the good certainly outweighs the bad.” 

Bridges said one of the things he is most proud of is the formation of SEDA  and the hiring of John Hubbard as its executive director. 

“I think the fact that this mayor and council were able to bring the community together to form SEDA will prove to be a good thing for this community. It was a wise decision and I believe there are some very good things on the horizon for Stephenville,” Bridges said.

Bridges was hired as the city’s police chief in August 2010. 

Following the departure of former city administrator Mark Kaiser, Bridges was named as the interim in August 2014 before accepting the permanent position in January 2015.

Bridges last day with the city is Oct. 7. 

The city council will begin discussions to name an interim during a closed session meeting next Tuesday.