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Fritch city manager fired

Former Fritch City Manager, Steve McKay, was fired during Tuesday evening city council meeting. The decision was made during executive session and then voted on during the city council meeting. Former Fritch City Manager, Steve McKay, was fired during Tuesday evening city council meeting. The decision was made during executive session and then voted on during the city council meeting.
Fritch City Hall, located at 104 N Robey Ave. Fritch City Hall, located at 104 N Robey Ave.
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FRITCH, TX (KFDA) -

The City of Fritch has to fill an important position. City officials are looking for a new city manager after the city council voted 4-1 to fire Steve Mckay. 

Mckay was the city manager for just under two years and he says he has no idea why he was fired. 

"There's no doubt in my mind Fritch is going to be back to how it use to be, and it's going to be a great town," said Mckay during an August 2015 interview with NewsChannel 10. 

During this interview last summer, Mckay spoke positively about the City of Fritch. He talked about how he wanted to get the town back on its feet after the devastation of the Double Diamond Fire and years of financial struggles. 

"This is by far the hardest job I've done," said Mckay.  

But now the town has decided to move on without him. 

Mckay declined to go on camera Wednesday, but says his firing came out of the blue. He says he was given no explanation behind the decision and cleaned out his desk. 

Fritch Mayor, Kelly Henderson was not available for comment before news time, but says the decision was made during executive session and then voted on during the city council meeting Tuesday evening. 

 "It was in the best interest of the city to part ways with Steve Mckay," said Henderson. He gave no further details surrounding the firing. 

City Council member and local pastor, Dwight Kirksey, was appointed as temporary Interim City Manager until a new interim is appointed. 

In the meantime, Henderson called on the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, an organization that helps cities fill important positions. 

"The Council is doing everything in their power to benefit the residents within the City of Fritch," said Henderson. 

The city is meeting with the PRPC next week to come up contract and plan moving forward. On Monday, Sept. 26th, the mayor along with the city council members will formally address the public about letting Mckay go.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Annex Building, located at 509 W. Broadway. 

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