Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gilmer hires chief accountant

By Glenn Evans
Feb. 13, 2018 at 11:34 p.m.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story included inaccurate information about the ballot for the May 5 election. This version has been corrected.

GILMER — A new chief accountant will open the books in Gilmer on March 5 after City Council members Tuesday agreed to hire a city of Longview employee.

In hiring Stephanie Ellis, the council expressed hopes she will continue her education at the University of Texas at Tyler and eventually become the city's finance director, City Manager Greg Hutson said.

Hutson said he and City Secretary Kathy Hoover interviewed Ellis after a search that began in December did not produce applicants with governmental accounting experience.

"(Hoover) and I immediately, out of all of them, knew she was the one," Hutson said. "We allowed her to give four weeks notice. We feel really good — that reflected good on her professional character."

Ellis succeeds former acting Finance Director Gary Smith, who left in December. Smith had been serving after Glenna Williams resigned from the finance director post.

In other action Tuesday, the council set March 19 to 24 as citywide cleanup days.

Hutson said the spring spruce-up will cover the city east of U.S. 271 on March 19 and 20, turning to the city's western half March 21 and 22.

Residents, armed with a current Gilmer utility bill, also will be allowed to take multiple loads of household garbage and brush to the dump on Daylily Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24.

On the pickup days, residents are asked to leave no more than 50 pounds of trash at curbside, along with bundled brush, cut in 3- to 5-foot lengths.

Tires, liquids, shingles, paint cans, air conditioners, electronics and refrigerators will not be picked up.

The council Tuesday also called the May 5 election, when voters will weigh three as-yet uncontested council races.

Places 1, 4 and an at-large seat are on the ballot. Incumbents Michael Chevalier and William Hornsby have filed for the respective at-large and Place 1 seats, and Teathel Hollis has filed in Place 4. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file for office at Gilmer City Hall.

The council also approved police Chief Mark Case's request for the city to apply for an $18,882 grant from the East Texas Council of Governments to buy digital radio repeaters. The grant does not require a local match, the chief said.

Finally Tuesday, the council welcomed newly hired police Capt. Floyd Wingo. Wingo formerly served many years in the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.



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