Hewitt: Council approves separation agreement with city manager

Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles. (City of Hewitt photo)
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HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) The Hewitt City Council approved a separation agreement with City Manager Adam Miles Monday night.

Council members met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss “mutually terminating the city manager’s employment contract with the City of Hewitt,” the agenda said.

The council also discussed the appointment of an acting city manager and decided Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin will fulfill that role.

The meeting came a day before a special election to fill a council seat left vacant by the resignation of Kurt Krakowian, who was appointed to the council in March appointed to the fill the at-large position on the council after incumbent Alex Snider resigned to relocate for work.

Krakowian resigned after he and Mayor Ed Passalugo were named in complaints filed by city employees.

Eight candidates are running to complete Krakowian’s term.

The council voted on Sept. 4 to fire the attorney who has represented the city for more than 35 years.

Charles Buenger of Buenger & Associates had served as Hewitt’s city attorney since 1981.

Council members voted 4-2 without discussion to fire him, saying they’ve lost confidence in him because he did not provide proper guidance during the controversy that erupted earlier this summer after the complaints were filed against Krakowian and Passalugo.

Miles, a 1995 Baylor University graduate who holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, was appointed Hewitt’s city manager in 2008.

His career started in 1997 in Cleburne, where he first worked as planning and zoning coordinator.