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Lake Dallas council to appoint interim city manager at special meeting

The Lake Dallas City Council came out of executive session during Thursday night's regular meeting to announce it would call another meeting to appoint an interim city manager.

Mayor Michael Barnhart said the council would come together for a special meeting Thursday, June 29, to discuss candidates that would temporary fill the vacancy left by former City Manager Matt Shaffstall.

The council voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday morning to terminate Shaffstall's contract less than a year in.

A press release from the city said that the council "desired to go in a different direction with the leadership of the city staff." No other reason for the termination was given.

The council will now decide between two firms for an interim manager: the South Texas-based Texas First Group or the Keller-based Strategic Government Services, the firm that performed the search when Shaffstall was hired.

Although the two candidates from Strategic Government Services weren't discussed in open session, Texas First's owner Kerry Sweatt brought along former Denton assistant city manager John Cabrales as the firm's top candidate. Cabrales resigned from his position with Denton in June.

During Thursday's meeting, the council directed city staff to begin the search for a permanent city manager. Strategic Government Services will handle the search again thanks to a guarantee that allows certain fees to be waived if the employee chosen doesn't stay on for at least 18 months. 

To see the special meeting agenda once it is posted, go to