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LV hires city administrator

 

The city of La Vernia has embarked on a new era, according to Mayor Robert Gregory.

“The city has come to terms of agreement for a city administrator,” Gregory said June 18.

The day before, city officials met with Yvonne Griffin, currently the director of administrative services with the city of Balcones Heights, and agreed to terms for her to join the La Vernia city staff Aug. 4 as a city administrator.

“It was a great negotiation with her,” Gregory said. “She took a cut in pay to take this on.”

Previously, Griffin -- who has a “heavy financial background,” the mayor said -- worked with the city of Cibolo. She recently completed her public administration certification.

“It’s a great opportunity for her and it helps us along,” Gregory said.

The mayor freely admitted he’d initially been against hiring a city administrator, feeling La Vernia wasn’t quite ready for such a step, and that the role wasn’t really necessary.

“I’ve always preached we should have a small staff and run lean,” he said. “But folks couldn’t take their time off, and we couldn’t run efficiently that way.”

The city budget has been crafted for several years to allow for a city administrator, Gregory added. The need simply wasn’t apparent.

“We’ve been blessed as a city,” he said. “The mayors have come along and acted as a city manager. We’ve been frugal.”

Since he’s been mayor, Gregory has spent considerable time at City Hall, often putting in hours for the city after working long hours at his own job. The need for someone to help the city run smoothly and efficiently was visible, he said.

“I’m a taxpayer; I want the city to be efficient,” he said. “It’ll be good to have stability.”

Griffin will be paid $65,000 annually, plus insurance, Gregory said.

 
 
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