Ferris city manager Dennis Burn submitted his resignation prior to Monday’s meeting. Mayor Michael Driggars did not comment on Burn’s resignation and Burn was not available to provide any details.
The council went into executive session to consider the resignation and discuss a transition plan. A part of that meeting was to name an interim city manager. Following the closed session, the council voted unanimously to name Driggars as the interim city manager.
At the time of his resignation, in addition to serving as the city manager, he was also the city’s public works director. Burn came to the city as the public works director in 2012 while Eric Strong was city manager. Upon Strong’s resignation, the council named Burn as their city manager in 2013.
The council canvassed the results of the May 9 city election and declaring the results official. Two incumbent seats remained on the council. Those were Place 2 Jay Walsh and Place 5 Carol Wright. Bobby Lindsey upset incumbent Angela Bruner.
Following the swearing in and seating of the council, Walsh was named as mayor pro tem.
“We will immediately start a search for a permanent city manager,” Driggars said.
Members of the council along with Economic Coordinator Chuck Dart recognized 26 groups and businesses that participated in the city’s earth day.
“The 2015 Ferris Earth Day and Creek Cleanup was the most successful in its four-year history,” Burn said.
“We are very appreciative of the contribution these people have made to make Ferris a better place to live,” Driggars said.
Chief Building Official Bill Jordan was also recognized by Driggars and the council.
“Bill just recently completed his studies earning the Masters of Science in Business Administration,” Drigars said. Jordan completed his studies at Tarleton State University.