WAXAHACHIE — After more than an hour and a half of deliberations in executive session, the Waxahachie City Council took no action to appoint an interim city manager at a specially called meeting on Friday.
“We need more information. We don’t want to rush into anything right now. We took a big step before and want to make it right,” Mayor Kevin Strength said. “We are not prepared to take action today. We will be doing that shortly when we get all the information that we need.”
Strength said assistant city manager Michael Scott is currently handling the day-to-day operations of the city. He added the council would look for an interim city manager from both in and outside of existing city staff.
At the Aug. 25 specially called city council meeting, the council approved a separation agreement with former city manager Paul Stevens. Stevens had served the city since 1999 — first as assistant city manager and, beginning in 2007, as the city manager.
Councilman David Hill has missed the last two meetings, as he is currently out of the country.
Before convening into executive session members of the public addressed the council.
Former board chairwoman of Mid-Way Regional Airport, Paula Baucum shared her support for Scott and urged the council to select him as the interim manager. She told the council that Scott is a person with high integrity and a sound leader.
“I am here because the decisions that not only affect Waxahachie but the region as well. I am here to support Michael Scott. This is a personal thing (because) I care about the success of this community,” Baucum explained. “I can’t think of someone who cares more for the community than Michael Scott.”
Waxahachie Park Board vice chairman, Coy Sevier, told the council that any choice other than Scott would be a mistake, as he can keep the city on track and understands what is going on.
Following Sevier was Mike Ramsey, the former chairman of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council. He expressed his support for the council and for the leadership that they have shown over the years.