City council names Jason King as its next city manager; contract negotiations set to take place.


Jason King

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


After screening about 30 applicants for the city’s top job, the Stephenville City Council on Tuesday offered Jason King the permanent position of city manager.


King has been serving as the interim city manager since the retirement of Allen Barnes earlier this year.

“I’m tremendously excited about this opportunity,” King told Beneath the Surface News. “This community has been my home for almost 30 years and I’m looking forward to continue serving the residents of Stephenville in this capacity.”


Mayor Doug Svien said the city will now iron out the details of King’s contract.


King moved to Stephenville to attend Tarleton State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration.

He went on to become an officer with the Stephenville Police Department and later became the department’s chief of police.


For the past three years he has served as the assistant city manager.


"The council appreciates (King’s) service to the city of Stephenville and we look forward to a long working relationship that will continue to move Stephenville forward," Svien said.