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Council elects mayor pro tem, greets new councilman
by Tim Delaney
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Richard Sanchez, left, takes the oath of office given by Woodsboro Mayor Larry Jochetz on Tuesday, June 3. Sanchez was unopposed in his bid for the Place 5 seat on the council.
Tim Delaney photo Richard Sanchez, left, takes the oath of office given by Woodsboro Mayor Larry Jochetz on Tuesday, June 3. Sanchez was unopposed in his bid for the Place 5 seat on the council.
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Robert Valdez of Houston was hired as Woodsboro's new police chief Tuesday night, June 3. Valdez has almost 15 years experience in law enforcement and will begin his duties in two weeks, depending on housing availability.
Tim Delaney photo Robert Valdez of Houston was hired as Woodsboro's new police chief Tuesday night, June 3. Valdez has almost 15 years experience in law enforcement and will begin his duties in two weeks, depending on housing availability.
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WOODSBORO – The Woodsboro City Council, following a closed meeting, hired Robert Valdez as the town’s new police chief on Tuesday night, June 3.

Valdez, who lives in Houston currently, plans to move to Woodsboro and begin his duties in two weeks, depending on housing availability.

Valdez has almost 15 years of law enforcement experience.

The council also voted 3-2 to elect Councilwoman Debra Bolcik as its mayor pro tem on Tuesday night, June 3.

The term of the position was set for one year.

Councilman Elix Ortiz also had been nominated, but Bolcik received more votes.

Mayor Larry Jochetz also gave the oath of office to Richard Sanchez, who was elected to the council’s Place 5 seat. He was unopposed.

The council also set a minimum starting bid on the sale of a 20-foot wide piece of property at $1,000. The council surveyed the 210 S. Sixth St. property at a cost of $650.

The council also approved travel for the city’s public works director, Gabriel Thomas, to attend a Public Drinking seminar in Austin Aug. 5-6. It was noted that the conference would give continuing education hours on Thomas’s license and provide the latest updates to laws by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The council also accepted the resignation letter of Debbie LePore, who resigned from city staff to take another position.

The council also heard a request by Councilman Johnny Cisneros to provide safety footwear to city employees who do work that could harm their feet.

“I noticed that employees are wearing tennis shoes in the field,” Cisneros said.

“Basically, it is for safety of the employees,” he added.

The council discussed the matter and agreed to have a workshop on developing policy for work attire the same time items for the 2014-15 budget were discussed, which was set for June 17.

Following closed sessions, the council voted to not increase code enforcer Thomas’s salary by $2.50.

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