Ellis County Director of Fire and Emergency Management Darin Myers was named interim county administrator Monday evening by the Ellis County Commission at their regular weekly meeting.

The appointment is effective Thursday, Nov. 28, but Myers will work with departing county administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes to assure a smooth transition.

“We will miss Phil, but as he pointed out in his letter to us, we have excellent department heads,” said County Commission Chair Dean Haselhorst. “I know Darin will do a great job for us during this transition and getting him to work with Phil on knowledge transfer is a huge benefit.”

Myers, who has been with the county since 2015 after serving with the Hays Fire Department for 14 years, says he is looking forward to this new challenge.

“We have some big projects going on in Ellis County right now, so I know I’ve got my work cut out for me,” said Myers. “I had hoped I’d get the chance to work with Phil a little bit longer, but I’m excited. I want to thank the commissioners for their faith in me and all our department head team.”

Smith-Hanes, county administrator since 2016, is leaving to take a job as county administrator of Saline County.

“I want to thank both current and past commissioners, as well as all Ellis County staff, for the opportunity to be a part of this organization and this community,” said Smith-Hanes. “While I am excited about my new opportunity, I will truly miss being a part of the Ellis County family. I look forward to visiting as often as I can.”