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Ferris hires new city manager

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Eric Strong, unanimously approved by the city council Monday June 25, officially signed his contract as city manager of Ferris July 1.

"I am looking forward to getting started as the new city manager of Ferris," said Strong.

Strong has been working with the City of Ennis as an administrative assistant to city manager Steve Howerton for the past two years.

He received his Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University before going on to receive his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on local government management from the University of North Texas.

When asked what he wanted to bring to the city in a timely manner, he responded with much enthusiasm.

"I am anxious to get involved in the community and work with the city council, residents and businesses of Ferris. I know that the position will require a lot of hard work to be successful and I am looking forward to the job ahead,"said Strong.

Strong mentions the experience of working in two small communities previously and enjoys the small town feel.

"I enjoy the small town feel of Ferris.  I am excited to interact with citizens and get to know people on an individual basis."

Before working in Ennis, Strong worked as a city manager intern in Addison (a town north of Dallas with a population of 15,250) managing the Citizens Academy consisting of 150 locals and elected officials, identified options for reducing departmental expenditures by 5 percent and managed $531,000 of annual non-profit grant processing.

"I hope people will feel free to stop by City Hall and see me; I look forward to getting to know them."

Strong’s first day will be Monday, July 27.

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