Haslet Council selects new city administrator

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The Haslet City Council on Aug. 12 hired Jim Quin as city administrator.

Quin, 52, is the former Richland Hills city manager. His contract with Haslet is for one year and $85,000, although it has an automatic renewal clause unless either party opts out within 30 days of the renewal date.

"The mayor and City Council members have a clear vision regarding the future of Haslet," Quin said. "I feel extremely fortunate that they chose me for the city administrator position."

The council interviewed five candidates at the beginning of the month, narrowed it to two finalists and then on Aug. 5 selected Quin. The contract was approved Aug. 12 prior to a budget workshop.

Quin began serving his role immediately, participating in the budget meeting, Mayor Bob Golden said.

"I can't really speak for the council, but I think his vast experience coupled with his leadership style won them over during his interview," Golden said. "I believe that council thought he would be an excellent fit for the city of Haslet."

Quin is the first city administrator for Haslet since the city and former administrator Ashley Stathatos reached a separation agreement last October.

Quin characterized Haslet, which has a population of 1,500, as an emerging city that is poised to become a leading community in the Alliance corridor.

Commercial growth is on the horizon. An Amazon fulfillment center on Westport Parkway is expected to open later this month. The city has been characterized by slow, careful residential growth. It is surrounded on all sides by fast-growing pockets of far north Fort Worth.

“I was particularly attracted to the city of Haslet as it has great potential for quality residential and commercial development,” Quin said.

Consultant Chris Hartung assisted the Haslet council in identifying the five candidates for the position. Hartung also helped negotiate the employment agreement with Quin, who will manage the city’s day-to-day operations.

Golden said the city is pleased to have the services of Quin, whom he called one of “five really awesome candidates” for city administrator.

“Haslet is poised to make big strides in the near future and hopefully that makes us an attractive site for highly motivated and professional municipal management personnel,” Golden said.

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