FERRIS – Eric Strong started his job as city manager in Ferris on Monday, after being appointed to the position at a recent city council meeting.

Strong has previously served in municipal government with the cities of Addison and Ennis.

“I like working and interacting with people and in a position like this it allows you to interact with the public and get involved in the community. I enjoy that aspect of it a lot –I also like that it is a very diverse job,” Strong said.

“I’m not working on the same project every day. It is different and you never know what is going to pop up and I think that is what keeps it interesting,” he said. “Those kind of things have attracted me to this type of job and that is why I enjoy it.”

His first position was in Addison, where he worked in the city manager’s office as an intern while he completed his master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas.

After leaving Addison, Strong spent two and half years in Ennis as the administrative assistant to the city manager. His responsibility there was to work on a variety of projects in the areas of human resources, information technology and risk management.

Strong heard about the open position in Ferris via word of mouth and a statewide online job board for local government professionals.

“I heard about it back in April and I applied in May. Then I went through a first round of interviews and had a second round of interviews in June,” he said. “They made me an offer by the middle of June. It was just a matter of timing to get things wrapped up in my old job and schedule a time to start here.

“I oversee the day-to-day operations of the city, which entails seeing that all of the basic city services (streets, police and fire, as examples) are operating correctly and that they are doing what they need to be doing,” he said. “I look for possible ways to improve their performance and deal with whatever problems that arise.”

One of Strong’s short-term goals is to have a city budget complete before the new fiscal year starts Oct.1.

“The first 60 to 90 days will really be a learning process where I’m trying to learn as much as I can and understand how things are done and why they are done that way,” he said.

Strong said he’s happy to be on board with the city and looks forward to meeting residents.

“If people what to stop by and say hello they are more than welcome to do so,” he said, saying he’s also hoping to meet people as he’s out and about and adds that anyone with questions or concerns should feel free to contact him.

Strong can be reached by e-mail at eric.strong@ci.ferristx.us or by calling City Hall at 972-842-5761.

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