May 3, 2018 City Council Minutes
HALTOM CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
CITY HALL - 5024 BROADWAY AVENUE
May 3, 2018
A Special Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on May 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present:
Mayor David Averitt Council Place 1 Jeannine Nunn
Council Place 2 Walter Grow Council Place 3 Lin Thompson
Council Place 4 Trae Fowler Council Place 5 Bob Watkins Council Place 6 Ricky Brown
Mayor Pro Tem Dr. An Truong was absent.
Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Wayne Olson, City Attorney; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Averitt called the Special Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
The Council went into Executive Session at 6:31 p.m. under the following:
Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code
As authorized by Section 551.071, the City Council reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to seek legal advice from the City Attorney about any matters listed on the agenda, in addition to the following matters:
Consultation with the City Attorney pertaining to any matter in which the duty of the City Attorney under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct which may conflict with the Open Meetings Act; including discussion of any item posted on the Agenda; to seek legal advice on open meetings, open records, dissolution/restructuring of the Haltom City Economic Development Corporation, and pending litigation and settlement offers for the following cases:
Flynn v. Haltom City EDC
James H. Watson v. City of Haltom City
Amer Ozzie v. City of Haltom City
Ray Beshirs v. City of Haltom City
Nicklaus Forrest v. City of Haltom City
RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION
The Council reconvened at 7:25 p.m. Council Member Fowler moved, seconded by Council Member Nunn, to consider moving forward with an outside external investigation into the personnel issues as discussed in Executive Session. Council Members Nunn, Fowler, Watkins and Brown voted aye. Council Members Grow and Thompson voted nay. Motion carried.
Discussion regarding City’s hiring practices – Council Member Grow asked Human Resources Director Toni Beckett if the city’s hiring practices conform to the standard practices for governmental agencies, corporations, and private industry. Ms. Beckett replied that the city’s hiring practices do meet the standards and comply with all of the federal law requirements, and the city’s charter as it relates to police officers and
firefighters, but that policies are different in regard to different departments because the requirements for all positions are not the same.
Mayor Averitt adjourned the meeting at 8:48 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary David Averitt, Mayor
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