After a brief search, the City Council appointed Clay Caruthers as city manager Tuesday night.
“I am truly blessed. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to take on a city manager role with such great people to work with,” he said.
Caruthers, assistant city manager for fiscal services, will take on his new role in July when longtime City Manager Allan Weegar retires after more than 30 years with the city.
The council looked at internal candidates instead of conducting an outside search.
Mayor Richard Ward said Caruthers is an “excellent choice” for the job.
“Clay brings a wealth of experience and has a great attitude to lead the city into the future,” Ward said.
Caruthers said he wants to follow the council’s strategic policies.
“It’s my job to make sure we work on accomplishing the goals they lay out for us and to do the best job for our employees,” he said.
Caruthers will earn a salary of $185,000 and will receive a $600 monthly car allowance.
Caruthers came to Hurst in 2005 and served as finance director before he was promoted to assistant city manager in 2013.
Before he began his career in Hurst, Caruthers worked in private-sector finance and professional baseball.
Caruthers, 43, is a certified government finance officer and is pursuing his certificate in public management.
He earned a business administration degree from TCU, where he graduated magna cum laude, and earned a master’s in public administration from the University of North Texas.
Caruthers is active in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club and is a booster club volunteer for the Birdville High School Lady Hawks basketball program.