Forney City Council Prepares for Critical Election

As the community is bombarded with political mailers and signs, the voters in Forney need to take one more crucial election into consideration while they are evaluating the ethics and experience of their elected officials.

This Friday, February 19, 2016 will be the last day for Forney residents to submit an application to serve on the Forney City Council. The Place 1, 3 and 5 council seats will open to election in the May 2016 General Election and considering the multiple changes currently underway in the management of City Hall, it’s absolutely crucial that voters pay close attention to this council election.

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Because the Voters Have a Right to Know

With the Republican Primary election quickly approaching, the voters of Forney are once again being bombarded with postcards proclaiming the attributes of the candidates seeking election. The longtime Sheriff of Kaufman County has announced his retirement making way for three candidates to lobby area voters.

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Forney Council Signs Inter-local Agreement with City of Seagoville

At their last meeting the Forney City Council approved an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Seagoville that will reportedly assist the Forney Public Works Department in procuring better pricing on water and sewer parts and services.

Director of Public Works Chris Metz sought Council approval on the agreement and was questioned by the Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem regarding the procurement process currently being used to obtain water and sewer parts and services.

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Forney City Council Hires Interim City Manager

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

Last week the City Council voted unanimously to hire Charles Daniels to be Forney’s Interim City Manager until a permanent city manager is hired. Recommended by Strategic Government Resources (SGR) Daniels will begin work effective Friday, February 12, 2016.

After the voluntary resignation of Brain Brooks on January 19, 2016, the City Council responded by hiring SGR to conduct a national search for new city manager. As part of their services’ contract, SGR recommended two candidates to serve as Interim City Manager and after conducting a brief interview process, the Council unanimously selected Charles Daniels.

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Forney City Council Seeks Reputable City Manager

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

Tomorrow night the Forney City Council will again visit the manner in which they will replace former City Manager Brian Brooks, and justifiably many citizens are more than willing to support the councils decision to hire a search firm to find an honest, reputable City Manager.

Calling a special meeting last Thursday night, the council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Rick Wilson to negotiate an agreement with Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to conduct an employment search for an Interim City Manager.

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Former City Manager Brooks Demands Astronomical Severance Package from Taxpayers

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

Because the taxpayers were promised transparency and because for the first time in a long time, I am all but without words to explain, please simply read the attached Resignation Letter, Severance Agreement and Waiver of 21 Day Period Review -Optional.

The Forney City Council voted on Tuesday night January 19, 2016, after a very brief Executive Session, to accept the resignation of City Manager Brian Brooks. According to the terms of Brooks’ employment contract, the taxpayer may be getting off lightly to pay him only the “single lump sum payment of $183,702.84” that he is requesting.

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Forney City Council Denies Banking Services Contract

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

On Tuesday night the Forney City Council denied “a contract for depository banking services with American National Bank for a period of three (3) years with the option for two (2) consecutive one (1) year extensions”.

Declining to even hear the presentation of Finance Director Deborah Woodham, the Council officially denied a staff request to enter into a contract with American National Bank for banking services, and instead sent Director Woodham back to the drawing board with specific instructions to rewrite the proposal to include all three banks in town.

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