UPDATE: Hutto City Council member resigns seat to take position with Economic Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce

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Update Jan. 17, 8:22 p.m.: Tim Jordan will earn an annual base salary of $95,000 through Jan. 16, 2020 while serving as Economic Development Coordinator, according to Jordan’s contract obtained by Community Impact Newspaper through a public information request.

The contract runs for one year with no language explicitly mentioning any extensions. According to the contract, Jordan will serve as an employee of the Hutto Economic Development Cooperation.

Language in the contract also stipulates that “the [Economic Development Cooperation] shall provide for [Jordan’s] retirement in accordance with IRS rules for 401K and/or 401a rules” and the Economic Development Cooperation further “agrees to provide employee benefits for medical, dental, life insurance and disability.”

Update Jan. 16, 10:55 a.m.: This article was updated with information about filling the vacant Hutto City Council seat.

Original post: Hutto City Council member Tim Jordan has resigned his seat on the council dias to accept the position of Economic Development Coordinator—a new position created jointly between the Hutto Economic Development Corporation and the Hutto Chamber of Commerce, according to a press release issued Jan. 15.

As Economic Development Coordinator, Jordan will focus on small business loans and sales and the marketing of existing small business in Hutto.

“While I will miss serving as a member of City Council, I’m excited for this opportunity to serve the community in a different way as economic development coordinator of the EDC and Chamber,” Jordan said in the press release.

According to the press release, the Economic Development Coordinator position was created as part of a joint effort between the Hutto EDC and the Hutto Chamber of Commerce. The position will be funded by the Hutto Economic Development Corporation and the Hutto Chamber of Commerce.

“This initiative will allow us to better focus as a community on a grow from within strategy targeting our existing business by helping to equip them with the tools they need to grow and operate,” said Tanya Clawson, board chair of the Hutto Chamber of Commerce, in the press release.

Jordan was one of several candidates to be interviewed over the last several months for the new position, according to the press release.

Hutto City Attorney Bill Bingham stated in the press release that Jordan chose to resign his seat as Hutto City Council member in “an effort to avoid any ethical concerns.”

Jordan was appointed to Hutto City Council in March 2017 following the resignation of former council member Michael Smith, and Jordan won election to the seat two months later.

Hutto Mayor Doug Gaul told Community Impact Newspaper that the city charter mandates the city call a special election to fill Jordan’s seat, and that will likely be done in May 2019 along with three other Hutto City Council seat elections. Because Jordan had more than one year left on his term, no appointment shall be made for his seat, per the charter.

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  1. We’re watching.
    “Update Jan. 17, 8:22 p.m.: Tim Jordan will earn an annual base salary of $95,000 through Jan. 16, 2020 while serving as Economic Development Coordinator”

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Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. He additionally worked with an investigative news organization where he reported on environmental topics and was a featured writer for Epicast Network, a Pittsburgh podcast company. Iain has now transitioned full-time into covering Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.
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