City council to discuss vacancies in top positions

J. Michael Ross jross@empiretribune.com
The Stephenville City Council will hold its public monthly meeting Tuesday night and after normal business is addressed, will go into closed executive session to discuss filling the positions of city administrator and director of finance.

In its monthly meeting Tuesday night − following regular business issues and reports − the Stephenville City Council will go into closed executive session to discuss upcoming openings in two top-level positions.

City Administrator Pat Bridges is leaving to take the job as police chief at the University of Texas Arlington and Director of Finance Walter G. Wood is retiring.

After the announcement by Bridges last week, Mayor Kenny Weldon said, “Right now we are more concerned about doing a comprehensive search and getting a qualified individual in place. We have great directors in place so that takes some of the pressure off the council.”

At an earlier council meeting Wood said that he will still be available on an as-needed basis to assist with city financial matters until a permanent replacement for his position is found.

Other matters on the evening’s agenda include:

• Consideration of approval of the final plat for Lakewood Estates, Phase Five

• The quarterly Planning and Building Services report by Director Noah Cullis

• Monthly report from the Stephenville Economic Development Authority by Director John R. Hubbard

• Approval of a contract with Graves, Humphries, Stahl, LTD for court collection services

• Approval of a bid award for the Inglewood Drive resurfacing project

• Approval the purchase of an asphalt paver in the amount of $84,000

• Authorization of a lease-purchase for a fire truck

This meeting – excluding the executive session to discuss the upcoming vacancies previously mentioned – is open to the public. The results of any actions taken in the executive session will be announced in a reconvened public session following the closed meeting.

This City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall at 298 West Washington Street.