Following an executive session, the Bangs City Council approved naming Billy Jordan its first public works director since the resignation of Scott Perry in October.

The council unanimously approved officially promoting Jordan from the water departments to public works director, but the duties involved will be nothing new for him considering he has been interim public works director since Perry’s departure.

“It’s going to be a big burden lifted off of me because now we can move forward and start looking at more big-picture stuff instead of having to worry about replacing personnel,” said Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop, who will retain the duties of city administrator while officially passing the public works director duties to Jordan along with a salary of $800 per week or $41,600 annually. “When Scott Perry left here he told me he expected Billy Jordan to step up and earn the job. Ironically, it has been right at six months and that is what he has done. We put him in as interim soon after Scott left and he’s done a really good job. He has had projects completed and we have a major project coming our way with almost $2 million in waterlines that need to be replaced. He has been in every meeting with the engineers on that and he has been a pleasure to work with.”

Before joining the city of Bangs water department in 2017, Jordan worked with the Brookesmith water department and said he has worked for a variety of departments throughout Brown County for the last 20 years. The council unanimously approved Jordan to officially replace Perry, who worked with the city of Bangs since 2016. Jordan has not the only employee announcement for the city of Bangs.

Bangs Police Department Chief Jorge Camarillo announced the hiring of James Blankenship. Blankenship previously worked with the McCulloch County Sheriff's Office as chief deputy and replaces former BPD officer Cody Coudron. Camarillo terminated Coudron following an alleged dispute between Coudron and Coudron's supervisor, Sam Sadler, late last year. Coudron later contacted the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, who issued a letter to Camarillo requesting he change Coudron’s discharge status from dishonorable to honorable. That request came in December of 2018, but there has been no indication whether or not Camarillo made any alteration to Coudron’s discharge status.

The council also:

Adopted a citywide curfew, which has been in affect since 2007 and requires a readdress every three years. Assigned property at 1103 W. Hall to trust with the Brown County Appraisal District for resale.