Hewitt Police Chief James Devlin is now acting city manager of that Waco-area town, after the city council approved a deal to pay the departing city manager $88,000 in return for his resignation.
The Hewitt City Council voted 4-2 Monday to approve the separation agreement with Adam Miles and then unanimously voted Devlin in as acting city manager, according to a Waco Tribune-Herald story published the same day. Per the agreement, signed before the meeting, Miles stepped down immediately, the story said.
Mayor Ed Passalugo and council members James Vidrine, Wilber “Wally” Wachtendorf and Travis Bailey voted for the agreement; council members Steve Fortenberry and Bill Fuller opposed it.
The agreement was arranged by Hewitt City Attorney Mike Dixon, who was quoted as saying that Miles signed it freely.
“It’s not as though Adam is being pushed out,” Dixon was quoted in the news story as saying. He added that Miles was “ready for this to happen” and wanted the agreement. “There’s a time for everything. Adam actually did very well by city manager standards because he was here for 10 years, and that’s not really a normal thing.”
Miles did not attend the meeting and later declined comment.