The Houston City Council met Thursday night to discuss vacancies in the city's electrical department. 

Members of the Houston City Council met in special session Thursday night to discuss an upcoming vacancy in the town’s electrical department that will leave only two employees remaining.

Mayor Don Tottingham said Scott McKinney, a long-time city employee, is moving to be closer to family and has accepted a job with the City of Nixa. Tottingham praised McKinney’s dedication to the city over the last 24 years. “He’s been a good employee and dedicated to do whatever needs to be done,” Tottingham said.

After previous departures only two employees will remain in the department: The supervisor, Mike Williams, and Matt Baker.

The city is immediately advertising the most recent vacancy.

In other matters, members:

•Heard there have been only five applications received for Houston city administrator. Those are under review, and the council could meet as early as next week to discuss. Tottingham said he’d like to have someone in place in the next month.

•Approved paying City Clerk Heather Sponsler an additional $500 monthly in the absence of a city administrator.

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