West Lake Hills City Council is working towards filling the city’s open staff positions, including the city administrator and city secretary positions. Mayor Anthony presented an update on the vacancies during council's Sept. 25 regular meeting.

Interviews are underway for a new city secretary following the May 9 resignation of Lacie Hale. According to Mayor Linda Anthony, three promising candidates have been interviewed, and a decision is expected within the next 10 days.

Debbie Loesch has been acting as temporary city secretary since Hale's resignation.

“All of the candidates are eminently qualified,” Anthony said, adding that the potential hires are strong communicators who are organized and conscious of time management.

The city is hoping for new employees who will stay and grow with the city for at least the next five years, Anthony said.

Progress has also been made in the search for a new city administrator following the termination of Robert Wood’s contract Aug. 28. West Lake Hills, along with the government hiring agency, Strategic Government Resources, are drafting a job brochure for potential candidates.

The city also voted to begin the search for a part-time permit assistant, a new position within the city. The new hire will work alongside Anjali Naini, the director of building and development services.

The permit assistant will help relieve the workload of the director and improve efficiency, according to Mayor Anthony, who added the position could eventually become full-time.