Former Wichita Falls Administrator Jan Stricklin Passes Away

A longtime, sometimes controversial, former Wichita Falls city official has passed away.

Jan Stricklin died at Baylor Hospital Thursday afternoon.

Stricklin was one of the most recognized faces in Wichita Falls city government for more than 20 years. She performed many duties at city hall, working both as personnel director and civil service director for almost a quarter century. She also supervised more than half a dozen other city programs or departments.

But around 2004, a storm of controversy erupted over her management of civil service, mainly in her dealings with police officers. Stricklin resigned as the city's personnel director in 2005, the same day city manager Jim Berzina resigned.

She came under severe criticism from former police chief, Ken Coughlin, who himself resigned several months earlier after saying he was tired of being micro-managed by city officials.

The mayor at about that time, Bill Altman, defended Stricklin, saying the criticisms were politically motivated.

Altman was forced out of office in a recall election earlier that year.

Services for Stricklin are pending.

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