By Judy Sheridan
Aledo City Councilman Randy Watkins has resigned after moving out of the city limits.
Watkins recently tendered his resignation by email to Mayor Kit Marshall, City Administrator Ken Pfeifer and City Secretary Deana McMullen, McMullen said.
The council accepted his resignation in a special session May 6, also appointing and swearing in Parks and Recreation Board Secretary Kim Hiebert to fill Watkin’s unexpired term, which ends a year from now.
Watkins was elected to Place 4 in 2008 and re-elected to additional terms in 2010 and 2012.
He did not attend regular council meetings in January, February, March or April this year.
“I have moved out of the City of Aledo and hereby submit my formal resignation from the Aledo City Council,” Watkin’s resignation letter states. “I want to let all of you know that I have enjoyed my time on the council and appreciate the opportunity to serve this wonderful city. I hope that you find an outstanding citizen to fill my position that will help the council continue on its current path of growth and success.”
Hiebert, who has a degree in recreation from Texas A&M University, has been secretary of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board since April 2008 and has served as chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment since May of last year. She will resign both positions to take the council spot.
A city resident since 2000, Hiebert lives in the Stone Bluff neighborhood adjacent to Bearcat Park.
She is a real estate broker for TranSystems Corporation, which specializes in transportation and infrastructure and contracts with private developers as well as government agencies.
Hiebert said she is looking forward to working with the council and having a voice.
“This opportunity came up a couple years ago, but I was so busy with kids that I couldn’t serve the city like I needed to,” she said. “I’ve been very interested in getting involved at this level for some time. I love Aledo and the direction it’s headed.”
By Judy Sheridan
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