This Commentary is a personal salute to the city council of Kemp, Texas, a neighboring city on the Cedar Creek Lake area of East Texas. In this day and age to be paying a City Manager in the area of $100,000 plus in salary and benefits, especially in cities under 6,000 is pure crazy and without a regard for the welfare of its citizens.
This Mayor and city council members demonstrated that they were “True Citizen Servers” in their decision to assuming this ex-City Manager’s duties and save their citizens a huge amount of money. Money that could be better served in the future upgrading of their own water system.
In looking about the Cedar Creek Lake area and its smaller cities, a second look also needs to taken of Gun Barrel City and its City Manager and his $140,000 plus a year in salary and benefits. In looking about the city and its poor enforcement of city codes, a known reputation for aggressive speed traps throughout the city, highly expensive city office buildings with a private restroom in the office of the City Manager no less; one has to question whether the city of Gun Barrel will also demonstrate the same courage in saving its residents and tax-payers a huge amount of wasted money.