The city will be getting a new events coordinator and that person will be a city employee.
The Glen Rose City Council discussed the position Monday evening after Billy Huckaby, director of the city's Convention & Visitors Bureau, came back to the council with an expanded job description.
He also read a letter from Shirley Reinke, co-owner of The Inn on the River and the president of the Glen Rose Downtown Association, who said the GRDA fully supported the position and that the benefits generated would outweigh the cost.
"I think we really need one," Mayor Jean King agreed. "We've got July 4th coming up and you need a person to ramrod those things."
Volunteers all too often get burned out, she noted.
Councilman Johnny Martin said he would like to hear more about who would pay for the position and whether the person would be a city employee or a contractor.
Huckaby said the cost would be split between Oakdale Park and the CVB and the person would be a city employee.
"I don't feel comfortable having another city employee," Martin said. "I'd be more comfortable hiring a contractor."
Councilwoman Sandra Ramsay disgreed, saying she wanted the events coordinator to be "someone who has a salary and accountability."
"In order for them to be that (a contractor), they cannot have set hours," Ramsay said. "Given the circumstances of what we've had in the past coming as a part of an organization versus a government entity, we don't have that control" with a contractor.
Councilman Dennis Moore suggested that the events coordinator report to Huckaby and to City Administrator Ken West.
The council approved the creation of an events coordinator position, with Moore's addition, by a vote of 4-1 with Martin voting against it.