The city of Waxahachie is starting the search for a new director of the civic center. Former director Lou Bryant gave her verbal resignation Tuesday to city manager Paul Stevens.

The resignation was for personal reasons and effective immediately, he said.

“I have the full faith and confidence of the staff out there will do an excellent job and keep things running,” Stevens said. “We just brought on two new employees and both of them are excellent. It is a good team out there. In the interim they do will great and keep things running. We will start the search here pretty soon.”

Stevens said Bryant had been employed with the city for more than 10 years at the time she stepped down.

“Lou did a great job and she came in right at the time that the civic center was brand new. She was the assistant director under Richard Karamatic. They really had to build the program from the ground up and have done an excellent job on that,” Stevens said.

“They hit the ground running, getting the word out about the civic center and getting marketing materials together. There was a lot of work going into that I appreciate the time that she spent here and she did a lot for it,” he said. “We definitely wish her the best.”

The Waxahachie Community Development Corporation Board, which oversees the operations of the civic center and the sports complex will hold a special meeting during the week of Feb. 14. A final date is pending because the city still trying to contact board members to ascertain a date that will work for each of the members.

“I want to get some input from the WCDC and I know the city council will have some input as well. We really want to try to put together a profile of a person that we want and then we will start the search,” Stevens said. “There are just a lot of professional service organizations that you can advertise through for that kind of person.

“I’m hopeful that we can find the type of person to bring that marketing expertise and some ideas to create new events,” Stevens said. “We really want someone who could come in and take a look at the overall operation and see how things need to be changed and what needs to stay the same.”

With the new WCDC board, which had its first meeting in January, there is a push to look more heavily at marketing and really try to increase revenue at the civic center, he said, saying, “We will move on and try to take the civic center to the next level.”

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