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By John D. Harden

Dean to take over as city manager

PILOT POINT — John R. Dean Jr. will replace Pilot Point City Manager Tom Adams, who recently announced his retirement after almost four years with the city and 31 years as a city manager.

Dean will take over on April 14, according to a contract agreement approved Monday night by the City Council.

Under the contract, Dean, a Fort Worth native, will have an initial annual base salary of $100,000, which could be increased over time based on performance reviews.

Prior to coming to Pilot Point, Dean served as a city manager in Broken Bow, Okla., from 2007 to 2011, and as assistant city manager in El Reno, Okla., from 2011 to 2014.

In those positions, Dean was responsible for duties including operation of the regional airport, maintenance of city parks and emergency management activities.

He has a master’s degree in human resources, and city officials say he is scheduled to complete a master’s degree in public administration in May. In addition, Dean completed a 20-year career in the U.S. Army before going into city management.

Based on the outlined goals that the council sets each year, some of the tasks Dean will be charged with in his new position include helping redevelop downtown, improving infrastructure and helping the city develop and carry out its master plan.

Earlier this year after Adams announced plans to retire, he told the council that he would stay as long as needed until the city found a replacement.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity and privilege of working for the city,” he said.

And those who worked with Adams said the friendship and experience they gained from him will never be forgotten.

“It has been a real pleasure working with Mr. Adams,” City Secretary Alicia Holloway said. “We thank him for his insightful guidance, support and dedication, for his devoted services to the city, and for this everyone is truly grateful.”

About a year ago, Adams announced plans to retire for health-related reasons, but the council convinced him to stay a little while longer to help the city complete various projects.

Mayor Pete Hollar said at the time that the council couldn’t afford to lose someone as talented as Adams.

“When you have someone as great as Tom working for you, you hate to see them go,” he said.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.