GLEN ROSE - After four years of enforcing the various municipal codes for the City of Glen Rose, code enforcement officer, Ray Moody is set to retire from the job March 31.
When Moody first started the job it wasn’t easy coming in as the new guy enforcing codes. There were properties that had been neglected for years and he had to be the one to enforce codes which hadn’t previously been enforced. Since the rules hadn’t been enforced, Moody said it was crucial that he enforced the rules equally across the board.Over time he managed to build credibility and trust with the citizens and, in turn, was able to educate them about the rules.
“A big part of my job is educating people of what’s going on and working with them to get them to understand and come into compliance,” he said. “I think in four years I’ve educated enough people to see how important it is to make the city appealing. I’ve enjoyed the job and I think I’ve made a big improvement in the four years that I have been here.”
In addition to building the relationship with residents, Moody also credits the staff and the city council with helping him shape up the city.
“We have some great people on the staff and I have to say the staff has kept the city afloat,” Moody stated. “And I will say the city council has been my strongest supporter. When I came on board I had a goal and an agenda and they supported my efforts.”
Over the four years that he has been in the city, Moody has seen the town grow and he is excited to see the progress it will continue to make.
“There are a lot of great things happening in Glen Rose,” he said. “We have more houses going up, the city is moving forward and we have lift stations coming in and the new wastewater plant is coming in the next year and half to two years, so I like where the town is heading.”
As of now, a replacement has not been named for Moody, but he feels that whoever City Administrator Chester Nolen chooses to replace him will be the right person for the job.
“I trust his judgment implicitly so there is no doubt in my mind that he is going to choose someone who is appropriate,” he said.
Nolen is currently in the process of interviewing candidates for the position.
Prior to coming to Glen Rose, Moody was the code enforcement officer for the city of Lake Worth. Before that position, Moody retired from law enforcement after 14 years, and prior to that he was in the military for 21 years.
Moody is hoping that his third retirement sticks and if it does, he and his wife, Glen Rose Mayor Sam Moody have plans to travel around seeing the U.S. in their RV.