Friday, June 21, 2024

City manager resigns after one year


Scott Albert has stepped down as the city manager of Gatesville after spending approximately one year in the position.

The Gatesville City Council accepted Albert’s resignation during its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 14. The council’s vote came after an executive session on the issue, where the details were not released to the public.

Albert’s resignation takes effect immediately.

“In February, both my parents were admitted to the hospital with significant medical conditions, which has led to me not being able to devote the amount of time necessary to my responsibilities in Gatesville,” Albert said. “For the next few months, my focus will be on my family as I evaluate my career and what would be best for my family.”

Mayor Gary Chumley said the resignation was a mutual decision between Albert and the city.

“It wasn’t a good fit for the city, and for him as well, so it was kind of a mutual thing,” Chumley said.

Following the acceptance of Albert’s resignation, the city council appointed Gatesville Police Chief Brad Hunt to serve as interim city manager until a permanent city manager is found. Hunt has been the Gatesville police chief since February 2023. 

“As interim city manager, I am looking forward to working with our dedicated, experienced department heads to set a strong foundation for the city’s future,” Hunt said.

Hunt said he will work with Gatesville Finance Director, Mike Halsema, who was appointed by the council as interim deputy city manager, to ensure the city’s current projects stay on track.

“We will begin work on the budget for next fiscal year and will begin discussions on our search process to identify Gatesville’s next city manager,” Hunt said.

Albert accepted the contract as city manager in April 2023 following former city manager Bill Parry’s retirement. He assumed the role in May 2023.

The Gatesville city manager oversees a total operating budget of more than $16 million, 82 full-time employees, and various city projects and policies.

“We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” Chumley said.