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Stephenville City Manager Allen Barnes announces plans to retire at end of the year.

Stephenville City Manager Allen Barnes is leaving his post at the end of the year to take on a new project: Retirement.

Barnes was hired by the city in February 2017 and informed the city council last week about his plans to retire.

“It’s just time,” Barnes told Beneath the Surface News. “I’ve been working for the state of Texas for the past 46 years and I’m just tired.”

There has also been pressure from his family to retire, he said, joking that he plans to do “as little as possible” after his last day with the city on Dec. 16.

“I plan to catch up on a few projects and do a little traveling,” Barnes said.

And he hasn’t ruled out doing a few short-term stints as interim city manager in other locations.

Barnes said he will miss working with the city’s employees and citizens.

“This is going to sound trite, but I mean it from the bottom of my heart; these are the best people I have ever worked with,” he said. “The directors are amazing. They are just good folks who are always willing to go the extra mile because they care about the city.”


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