Ferris city manager resigns
By 09/06/2007 00:00:00
Says city wants to go in another direction
FERRIS - In a surprising move from the Ferris city council, City Manager Gus Pappas has officially resigned from his position.
According to Pappas the city council gave him the option to resign or be fired.
'They (city council) spoke to me about not wanting me to be here anymore and did not want to go through the process of firing me,' said Pappas.
After several years in the position this comes as a surprise to several citizens of Fer-ris. One citizen claimed the city council was not representing the community.
It was unknown what keyed this decision from the city council, but no one was returning phone calls at the time of publication.
Ferris' new police chief, Mike Braly said, 'I have mixed feelings about it because Gus was the one who brought me here, but my main priority is the police department.'
'The city wanted to go in a different direction and I was not part of that direction,' said Pappas.
One source close to the city council said the council seems to want to pay more attention to who works for the city and not the major problems of the city like roads and infrastructure.
Pappas said he wants to stay in the business of running a city, but thought he would probably have to relocate out of Ellis County.
Pappas had come to Ferris to change the way the city council had been doing things, but throughout his tenure there had been an unusual amount of turnover in the police department, in particular, the chief of police.
Pappas did attempt to get Ferris to grow as a city even with the infringement of Red Oak into the rights of Ferris. In recent months two lawsuits have been filed against Red Oak pertaining to the rights of the City of Ferris. Red Oak has went as far as hiring the same law firm which represents Ferris. Pappas had been under pressure to initiate talks with another construction firm concerning the development being proposed, but no real head way had been made in negotiation with the developers.