Mike Slye has stepped down as Trophy Club’s town manager, a job he has had since October 2010.
He resigned during the Town Council’s annual two-day retreat last weekend. The retreat was set up for the council and town staff to set goals and objectives for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Slye and Mayor Nick Sanders characterized Slye’s decision to resign as a mutual agreement between Slye and the council after the two sides differed on what direction Trophy Club should go.
“It became very apparent that the current council wanted to go in a different direction,” Slye said early Tuesday. “The citizens of Trophy Club deserve a ‘new start.’ We both agreed to negotiate an exit strategy as an important first step to this council’s desire to provide new leadership and direction for the Town of Trophy Club.”
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Five council members have been in their elected positions less than a year. In May, voters elected Sanders, Jim Parrow, Garrett Reed and Rhylan Rowe. Tim Kurtz was elected in November. Before coming to Trophy Club, Slye was city manager of Burkburnett, near Wichita Falls, for 12 years.
Sanders said terms of Slye’s exit package were still being worked out.
“Although we have released the fact that Mr. Slye has resigned, the final terms of his resignation have not been finalized, and therefore, I cannot comment on them until that is final,” Sanders said.
Stephen Seidel was appointed acting town manager. He has been an assistant town manager since 2007 and was acting town manager for part of 2010. He became assistant town manager again after the council hired Slye.
“The entire council seems to be in agreement that Mr. Seidel is capable of keeping the town operating smoothly during this transition period,” Sanders said.
Sanders said the council has not discussed plans for the next town manager, including whether Seidel will be a candidate.