The Glen Rose City Council Monday evening officially welcomed new City Administrator Ken West, who has been on the job for a week.
Mayor Jean King introduced West to applause from the spectators in the council chamber.
"He's been very visible out in the community and informative and has wonderful new ideas," King said. "He's a delight to work with and anyone can come down to Town Hall and speak with him."
An issue arose, however, over whether West could use his city vehicle to travel between his home in North Richland Hills and Glen Rose. West had offered to pay for some of the gas.
The council had decided in a previous closed executive meeting that West should only be allowed to drive the city vehicle in Glen Rose on city business. Councilman Johnny Martin questioned why that was being changed since the council had already signaled its direction in executive session.
After Monday night's regular meeting, council members went into another closed executive session to discuss West's car usage. Executive sessions are reserved for personnel matters, including compensation, among other things. Martin had wanted the discussion to remain in open session.
What was said remained behind closed doors, but the council then went back into open session to take action.
Councilman Dennis Moore moved to allow the city administrator to use the car to go to and from work "as do all of the city employees on call."
Councilwoman Sandra Ramsay seconded the motion.
The measure passed with Martin voting against it.
After the meeting, the mayor said that all other city employees who are on call and who drive city vehicles are allowed to drive those vehicles to their homes and West should not be treated differently.
Under his agreement with the city, West will keep a daily log of his car usage. He has not been required to move to Glen Rose because his employment agreement is only for a year.