Bill Goodwin resigns positions on economic board and West Travis County Public Utility Agency

Bee Cave City Council Member Bill Goodwin has resigned from his positions on the board of the West Travis County Public Utility Agency and the Bee Cave Economic Development Board. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bee Cave City Council Member Bill Goodwin has resigned from his positions on the board of the West Travis County Public Utility Agency and the Bee Cave Economic Development Board. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bee Cave City Council Member Bill Goodwin has resigned from his positions on the board of the West Travis County Public Utility Agency and the Bee Cave Economic Development Board. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bee Cave City Council Member Bill Goodwin has resigned from his positions on the board of the West Travis County Public Utility Agency and the Bee Cave Economic Development Board.

The decision comes two days after a tumultuous March 28 special called City Council meeting, during which Goodwin resigned as mayor of Bee Cave but stayed on as a council member.

"It was obvious to me that City Council had lost their faith in my judgement," Goodwin said of his March 30 resignations. "So, I think I should afford them the opportunity to name their own appointees [to the EDB and WTCPUA].

City Manager Clint Garza said city policy mandates that council must now appoint Goodwin's replacement for both entities, though it is not clear at this time when that will happen.

During the March 28 special meeting, Goodwin survived a rapid succession of votes called by City Council Member Jon Cobb calling for Goodwin's resignation—first from his role as mayor, which failed in a 2-2 vote, then the EDB and WCTPUA, both of which ended in 3-2 votes in favor of Goodwin.


The controversy centered on Cobb's assertion that Goodwin had mishandled several aspects of the city's response to the coronavirus crisis, both in terms of his lack of urgency toward deciding policy and his communications with council and staff regarding meeting attendance.

Goodwin said March 28 he acknowledged he made some missteps regarding the handling of official business amid the coronavirus crisis, including violating the spirit of the Bee Cave City Charter, which essentially states no official may deliver orders to staff.

Even though Goodwin would have survived the vote for his removal, he elected to resign as mayor anyway, making then-Council Member Kara King the mayor elect.

Goodwin said has not resigned from his position on City Council, and the next council meeting will be March 31 at 6 p.m.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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