By Cody Thompson

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – Deputy city administrator John Angerstein was appointed to city administrator during the Crockett City Council meeting on Monday, March 20.

After a brief executive session, the council reconvened at 7:45 p.m., at which time a motion was made and seconded to offer the position to Angerstein. The decision was unanimous.

“It’s an honor to be able to serve the great city of Crockett as city administrator” Angerstein told the Messenger Tuesday. “Crockett has been my home for almost 20 years, and I don’t plan on going anywhere any time soon.”

Angerstein has previously served six years as chief of the Crockett Fire Department, and has held the office of deputy city administrator since the retirement of former city administrator Sean Hutchison in December.

The council also discussed a request by Crockett resident Craig Reed for the designation of parking spaces in the downtown business district to be used by individuals with special medical or other needs.

“I am needing this due to (my) handicap and loading and unloading (of my) oxygen machine,” the request said.

The council unanimously approved the request.

The charge for the rental of such spaces is $15 monthly. The spaces will be marked as tow-away zones, and the penalty for unauthorized use will be $25 plus the cost of removing and storing the vehicle.

A three percent wage increase was approved for city employees to combat the increased cost of living.

“If we’re going to keep good employees, we’ve got to pay them a livable wage,” councilman Ernest Jackson said. 

The wage increase will go into effect on April 1.

An executive session was held to consider performance evaluations of the fire chief and police chief.

In the open comments from audience section at the beginning of the meeting, Billy “Hollywood” Grove of Crockett and James Smith of Crockett voiced their concerns about the mistreatment of inmates with mental illnesses in the Houston County Jail.

The city council usually meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month in City Hall, located at 200 N Fifth St.

For more information about the city council, or to find dates and times for meetings, go to www.crocketttexas.org/city.