Manvel Mayor Delores Martin offered an emotional acknowledgement to long-time City Controller Phyllis Herbst at this week’s city council meeting. Herbst will be leaving her position overseeing the city’s finances after twelve years of service. City council considered making the city controller a full-time position during last year’s budget negotiations and did in fact earmark funds to do so in this year’s operating budget. Herbst would likely have been considered for the position but reportedly declined due to an unwillingness to become a full-time city employee.
In recognizing Herbst for her service, Mayor Martin presented a plaque of appreciation which read “for her faithful dedication of twelve years of service guiding the City of Manvel through financial challenges and helping to achieve our AA+ bond rating. We say thank you and God bless you.” Herbst expressed gratitude to council saying she enjoyed her time working for the city and hopes she leaves it in good enough shape for her successor.
In a subsequent action, council did concur with the city manager’s decision to hire Wes Vela as Manvel’s new finance director. Vela will start his work with the city on February 1.