The Houston City Council met Monday night at Houston City Hall to consider the 2019 budget.

Members of the Houston City Council hired a parks director and purchased a police vehicle during a short meeting Wednesday.

Rowdy Douglas, a Texas County Sheriff’s Department detective, will assume the position Monday, Jan. 15, following interviews by the Houston Parks and Recreation Board. He replaces Drew Jordan, who resigned.



In other matters, members:

—Heard that the city will receive a $5,787 settlement from its insurance carrier after a police car was totaled in a crash. They agreed to purchase a new $29,790 car, equipped with a police package with $3,230 in options. It will be delivered in 12-16 weeks. The vehicle purchase had been included in the 2018 city budget.

—Received an update on various job openings in city government. An economic developer position and water and sewer department post are advertised in this week’s paper. The city also is seeking to fill a new police officer slot. Interviews for city clerk will be conducted Friday, Jan. 5, with four finalists by Mayor Don Tottingham and City Administrator Tona Bowen.

—Learned the start of the annual city audit is delayed due to an illness.

—Heard a transformer was replaced following an electrical outage last week and listened to the contents of a letter praising officer Matt Woodmansee for his work on a Chestnut Street theft investigation. It was written by the victim. 

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