The city of Glen Rose is growing. And with that growth, the city council is looking for a good leader.
On Monday, the city council took one more step in that direction by unanimously approving an ordinance creating the position of city administrator. The council did not hire an individual for the position yet, but it did discuss the matter at length.
While all members agreed that a leader for the city is needed, there was friction when trying to decided what type of leader it should be.
“I don’t think we need a city administrator right now,” Mayor Pam Miller said. “We are doing a good job managing money. (I say) we see what we really need in the next six months and how it goes.”
Miller also said that she spoke with a city advisor who suggested titling the position as community development director because the city was in search of someone to assist in developing the comprehensive plan, which will be adopted by the council later this month.
Council member Ricky Villa disagreed with the idea of a community development director because he said the city needs a leader in several areas.
“There are so many things that this position could do that it would pay for itself. You have to look at the whole picture,” he said. “When a city (administrator) come to us he brings that type experience and professionalism (to handle issues).”
Villa, and other council members were in favor of a city administrator to assist with several problems the city has been facing, mainly with ordinances and code enforcement.
“I believe (a city administrator) should be over everyone and directly under the city council,” council member Barbara Mitchell said. “A lot of these issues we are dealing with, with these ordinances, they could deal with.”
After the council approved the position, it discussed a job description for its future city administrator.
Council members were adamant about the power a city administrator should have, voicing concern about hiring and firing practices.
“I don’t want anyone to come in and fire the department heads,” Mitchell said.
City secretary Peggy Busch advised the council that there is a rule in personnel files that states any person employed by the city who is terminated may request a hearing from the city council.
The council tabled the issue and will address it again at a later meeting.
On Monday, the council also:
• Approved the transfer of $412,741.75 from Glen Rose Capital Cash Project to Glen Rose 4B Economic Development Corporation to repay funds expended for Riverwalk construction.
• Approved an ordinance placing Freedom Church inside the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the city.
• Cast all of the city’s allotted 74 votes for Diane Gruber as a new board member of the County Appraisal District.