Red Oak City Council members met Monday night, appointing Scott Albert of Garland as the new city manager. Albert will begin his new endeavor Oct. 1.

“I commend the city council and the search committee for their support they’ve shown,” Albert said. “I consider this to be a great opportunity to work for Red Oak - that’s why I’m here. I look forward to working with the staff and the community.”

Mayor Pro Tem Ben Goodwyn also introduced and recognized Red Oak’s new police chief, Sean Craig Rudolph.

“This man is one out of 93 police chief candidates and he was the No. 1 choice,” Goodwyn said, saying Rudolph’s been well received by the community.

“I look forward to leading the police department in a good direction,” Rudolph said. “I would also like to see the community get more involved with the department as well.”

Goodwyn presented several individuals with certificates of recognition for their service on the city manager search committee.

Those recognized were Barry Maners, Lt. Billy Snell, Tom Wilson, Alan Hugley, Kris Reeder, Dawn Tunnell and Danny Douthit.

“We had 53 candidates for city manager and each of them really came together and got down to business at hand,” Goodwyn said of the candidates. “We all come from different backgrounds but these candidates worked well together and I am very proud of them.”

In other news, the council approved:

changed the date of the regular city council meeting from Monday, Oct. 2, to Tuesday, Oct. 9, due to the Columbus Day Holiday employee health insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, dental and vision insurance through Compbenefits and Life Insurance and long-term disability insurance through Fort Dearborn a contract with Trinity River Authority for service and testing fees a resolution denying the request of ATMOS Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division, of an annual gas reliability infrastructure Program rate increase an ordinance amending the city’s fiscal year 2006-07 budget by transferring $261,595 from Capitol Project Fund-Streets and Drainage to the Capital Project Fund-Red Oak Road Extension Project to cover an increase in construction costs

The council conducted a public hearing, with economic development director and interim city manager, Todd Fuller, discussing the proposed fiscal year 2007-08 budget and ad valorem tax rate.

The tax rate and budget will not be approved until the Sept. 17 meeting.

As a part of the meeting, residents were prompted to speak on their concerns before the council, which will be addressed during October’s meeting.

Goodwyn also proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week Proclamation.

City council meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the council chambers at Red Oak Municipal Center.

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