Freeport culls candidate pool for next city manager

Fewer than a dozen people remain in the running to become Freeport’s next top administrator.

Council members narrowed the list of 51 applicants to 11 after a two-hour meeting behind closed doors Monday.

Representatives from Strategic Government Resources, a Keller executive recruitment firm hired to assist in the city manager search, now will begin the vetting process for those 11 candidates, Mayor Troy Brimage said.

“Very soon we will have a city manager in place,” Brimage said.

Finance Director Bob Welch has been serving in an interim role since last November, when former city manager Jeff Pynes left in what officials called a “mutual termination.” Welch is not among the city manager applicants.

Angleton Animal Shelter sees volunteer influx

In the past week, Angleton’s animal shelter has had six new volunteers help with cleaning the shelter as well as walking and socializing the animals, Shelter Manager Brenda Majors said.

Of those six, two of the volunteers have returned daily, she said.

“They’ve been doing a great job,” Majors said.

At a May city council meeting, Interim Police Chief Katherine Davis said no one had been consistently volunteering at the shelter.

One animal was adopted out Tuesday, Majors said, so the shelter’s animal population has remained consistent.

“We’re steady working on it,” she said.

Anyone interested in adopting or volunteering can visit the shelter at 535 S. Anderson St., Angleton. The volunteer application can be downloaded at angleton.tx.us/132/Animal-Control.

Richwood hires next police chief

Richwood officials have found the next leader of the city’s police department in newly appointed Chief Stephen Mayer.

Richwood City Council on Monday approved Mayer’s hiring. He is expected to start work June 25, according to a news release from City Manager Michael Coon.

Mayer’s law enforcement career began in 1989 working with the city of San Benito. He spent almost 26 years with the city of Harlingen before he was appointed chief for the Weslaco Police Department in May 2015, according to the release.

“In addition to having a strong track record of reducing crime, Chief Mayer is well suited to continue developing the Police Department’s personnel, to lead with integrity and transparency, and to continue to strengthen the department’s relationship with our community,” the release states.

Richwood has been operating without an interim police chief since Bryan Corb retired June 1, said Sgt. Kevin Munley, the department’s public information officer.

“Myself, Sgt. Brett Schilhab and City Manager Michael Coon are all sharing the weight of police chief,” Munley said.

Apartment fire cause to remain undetermined

Because the building is too unsafe to investigate, the cause of a fire that destroyed four units in the Crescentwood Apartment complex May 23 will remain undetermined, Clute Fire Marshal Mike Waguespack said.

Building 13 was a total loss after the fire, he said. One of the four completely burned units was not leased at the time of the fire, Waguespack said.

Along with an outside investigator, Clute officials could determine where the fire started, but not how, he said.

Occupants of one of the burned units suspected the cause to be electrical since it appeared to start inside their wall.

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