Valley Mills council "confident" about staffers after jobs questioned

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VALLEY MILLS, Texas (KWTX) After being on the chopping block, the jobs of two city officials in Valley Mills are safe.

Monday’s city council agenda included an item to discuss possibly firing the city administrator and public works director, but council members voted against terminating both employees, instead casting a 4-1 “vote of confidence” for the people holding both positions.

Council members wouldn’t disclose why they called the executive session, saying it was a personnel issue and violated employment law.

Before council members went into their near two-hour closed session, City Administrator, William Linn responded to a question about whether he was still the administrator by responding, "Well, I was."

But to his surprise, the majority of the council backed him with the exception of former city administrator and mayor, Councilman Bill Lancaster.

"I can't say it's not the way we would do things, ya know, we're ugh, we're hometown people and we get someone new, different personality, it's hard for us old people to change,” said Lancaster.

“It’s OK to disagree,” said Linn. “I have a great council behind me.”

About one dozen citizens were in attendance, some bringing popcorn to the meeting expecting a ‘show’ (which did not go on).

Earlier in the night, council members also voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance to make council meetings and city procedures more transparent in the future as part of the state’s “gold star” program.