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Bellmead city council ends in ties vote for interim city manager

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Posted at 11:02 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 11:37:03-05

The Bellmead Mayor, William Ridings, was appointed as acting city manager at Wednesday night's special meeting when the city council tied on a vote.

The city council was originally interviewing and voting on former Hewitt city manager Adam Miles and former Woodway police chief Yost Zakhary for the job. However, the final votes ended in a tie, and they decided to revisit the agenda item next Wednesday.

Miles lost his job as Hewitt city manager after a string of shakeups in the city, including Mayor Ed Passalugo. Passalugo had several complaints of misconduct filed with the Texas workforce commission.

Zakhary resigned from his post after a lawsuit alleged that he "ridiculed" female employees about their weight, breast size and physical appearance. 

The lawsuit says that Sandra Bickel, an employee of the city for 17 years, filed the lawsuit against Zakhary. The suit claims that Bickel and other female employees of the city were victims of sexual harassment "and/or assault" by Zakhary. 

Mayor William Ridings was appointed as the acting city manager for the purpose of signing documents.

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