Almost two months after former City Manager Beverly Griffith abruptly retired, the City Council voted last week to use a search firm to help find her replacement.
The council voted unanimously at its April 14 meeting to hire Strategic Government Resources, based in Keller, at a cost not to exceed $27,000.
Mayor Jim Griffin said in an interview that he doesn’t know how long the search will take.
“We are going to meet with them to discuss the search,” he said.
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Griffith retired after a Feb. 10 executive session. The council has not given details on what led to her departure.
Police Chief Roger Gibson is serving as interim city manager.
Griffin told the Star-Telegram previously that, “It’s really more of a time for a leadership change, and that’s why we voted to accept her retirement.”
Under an agreement with the city, Griffith will continue to receive her $160,344 salary and $7,200 car allowance for one year. She will also continue receiving her benefits.
Griffith was hired in 1995 as director of administrative services and oversaw financial aspects of the city including billing, municipal court and finance.
In 2005, she was promoted to deputy city manager, and she was named city manager in 2006.
Griffith helped Bedford recover from a property tax rollback election in 2005 and spearheaded projects including building a state-of-the art library and the plans for the Bedford Commons and the Boys Ranch Park makeover.
Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696