Several Bee Cave officials slated to take new oaths of office May 12, but Goodwin still undecided

Bee Cave City Council, shown here during a Feb. 25 meeting, will meet May 12. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bee Cave City Council, shown here during a Feb. 25 meeting, will meet May 12. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bee Cave City Council, shown here during a Feb. 25 meeting, will meet May 12. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

On May 12, Bee Cave City Council members are scheduled to be sworn in to office during the first regular meeting of the month.

Acting Mayor Kara King will officially be sworn in as mayor, and Jon Cobb will be sworn in for another term as a council member.

Former Council Member Bill Goodwin is also slated to be sworn in for a new term but confirmed May 8 he is still undecided as to whether he will return to the office he resigned from in early April following a vitriolic exchange between him and Cobb during a late March teleconference meeting.

Goodwin's resignation centers on Cobb's public assertion Goodwin mishandled several situations amid the evolving COVID-19 crisis. That disagreement came to a crescendo March 28 at a City Council meeting in which Cobb called for Goodwin's resignation from several posts he held with the city, including as acting mayor—a post he assumed after former Mayor Monty Parker resigned in December for what he cited were professional opportunities closer to San Antonio.

Cobb also resigned during the March 28 meeting over the phone but was able to return to council because he did not submit his resignation in writing.

Goodwin did submit his resignation in writing, both for his mayoral post and his council seat, and said it had become apparent that he had lost the faith of some other council members.

But regarding the new two-year council term beginning in May, Goodwin had already received the position in February because no one applied to run against him, and that appointment is not connected to his resignation from his current term. Therefore, Goodwin may still return to City Council on May 12 or for up to two meetings after May 12, according to the Bee Cave City Charter, which states a council member may be investigated and possibly removed following three consecutive meeting absences.

The possible return of Goodwin could be a point of conflict, at least for some on Bee Cave City Council.

Cobb stated in late April if Goodwin returned he would call for an investigation into Goodwin's actions regarding his alleged mishandling of protocols in March.

However, Goodwin has the staunch support of many Bee Cave residents, as was made apparent during the March 28 meeting. More than 80 people called in to attend that meeting, and during public comment many residents voiced their appreciation for Goodwin and all of the work he has done for the city and broader community.

During the May 12 meeting, council is also scheduled to nominate and appoint a mayor pro tem and to appoint someone to take over King's vacant council seat.
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. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.