Stephanie Ellis, an accountant for the city of Longview the past two years, will begin work March 5, said Hutson.
Director of Finance Glenna Williams resigned in December, and her predecessor, Gary Smith, re-assumed the office on an interim basis. He will continue with the city as a consultant, Hutson said at the Feb. 13 council meeting.
The city advertised in newspapers and on websites for a finance director, but only one of the applicants had any governmental experience and “we did not call that person in for an interview,” Hutson said. The city manager said he revamped the position, and if Ellis’ performance is satisfactory, she might become director of finance in 12-18 months.
Ellis has received schooling in accounting at the University of Texas at Tyler, and plans to obtain her degree in that field, Hutson said. He said that while he hired her, City Secretary Kathy Hoover sat in on all interviews with applicants.
The announcement concerning Ellis came after the council met in closed session for about 40 minutes to discuss the matter.
In other business last week, the council approved seeking a federal homeland security grant of nearly $15,900 for the police department after Police Chief Mark Case said the department wants to “upgrade our radio system.
“Everyone is going to upgrade to digital,” Case said.
The council also set the city’s annual “Spring Clean-Up” for March 19-24.
The event will occur on the east side of U.S. 271 on March 19-20 and the west side of the highway March 21-22. City of Gilmer garbage customers can take multiple loads of household garbage and brush to the old city dumpster site on Day Lily Road March 19, 21 and 24.
“Residents are asked to follow the collection schedule and to place bags of leaves, brush or junk items curbside by 7 a.m. each day to ensure pickup,” the city said in a written statement. Items cannot weigh more than 50 pounds, and brush must be bundled, cut into 3-5 foot lengths, and no more than 12 inches in diameter.
City residents will be limited to one truckload of brush or trash per household and must call City Hall at 903-843-2552 to arrange pickup. Some items, such as refrigerators, tires and electronics, among others, are not eligible for pickup nor dumping.
In other business Feb. 13, the council: approved allowing Hayes Engineering Inc. of Longview to work on extending water and sewer utilities on property owned by Advantage Properties along U.S. 271 south.
The extension was proposed because the Subway sandwich shop is moving to that area, said Hutson. Mayor Tim Marshall said the matter will cost the city no money because a developer is paying for the engineering study, and to install water and sewer service.
In other business Feb. 13, the council:
--approved the police department’s racial profiling report for 2017, which is given to the state. Marshall said it showed no problems “that I could see.”
--approved a request for water service outside city limits on Calvert Street.
--heard Case introduce new police Captain Floyd Wingo, who succeeded the retired Ron Benge. Wingo has 28 years law enforcement experience in Gregg County, Case said.
--heard citizen Eddie Turner say he would appreciate the council contributing toward cost of an already-approved state historical marker for the Dickson Orphanage Cemetery “if you feel the need to help.” At a meeting of Upshur County Commissioners Court two days later, Turner, recently named the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce’s outstanding citizen of the year, said the city had written a check.