Montgomery City Administrator Jack Yates to retire this year: 4 takeaways from the Montgomery City Council meeting, Jan. 22

Montgomery City Council meets Tuesday for its regularly scheduled meeting.

Montgomery City Council meets Tuesday for its regularly scheduled meeting.

Montgomery City Council met Jan. 22 to discuss and take action on numerous agenda items, including a joint election agreement and street closures. Council members T.J. Wilkerson and Jon Bickford were not in attendance.

Here are four takeaways from the meeting:

1. City Council approves seven-month contract for City Administrator Jack Yates, who will retire this year
Following an executive session, City Council voted to approve a seven-month employment contract for City Administrator Jack Yates—who said he will be retiring after working for the city since March 2015. Council also voted that the city begin the search for a new city administrator.

Yates, who has Parkinson’s disease, said he chose to retire so that he could enjoy time off while he is still physically able. Yates said he has planned to take a vacation around the U.S. via train for some time—and retiring will give him the time to do this.

Yates said the city intends to fill the position by Aug. 1, and the job notice will be posted to the city of Montgomery’s website in the next few weeks.

“The way I’d describe my job is it’s partly legal—keeping us legal in all of our actions,” Yates said. “It’s partially public relations—communicating to the public—and part of it is just being the business manager to the city.”

Yates said he requested City Council approve a seven-month contract for his current position so that city staff has time to hire his replacement. When the position is filed, Yates will train the new administrator on processes and procedures and slowly transition to taking on lesser hours, he said.

“I’ve obviously enjoyed my time in Montgomery,” Yates said. “I asked [the council] to do this, and they were willing to do it, and it worked out well for me. They like the slow transition of getting a new person.”

2. Council approves holding May election
City Council unanimously approved that the city participate in the May 4 general election. Three City Council positions will be on the ballot in May: Place 1 Council Member John Bickford, Place 3 Council Member T.J. Wilkerson and Place 5 Council Member Tom Cronin. The filing period for candidates began Jan. 16 and will end Feb. 15. Click here for more information on filing for a place on the ballot.

According to city staff, early voting for the May 4 election will be April 22-27 and April 29-30 at various polling locations across Montgomery County, including at the Lone Star Community Center at 2500 Lone Star Parkway.

Election day voting can be done at the following locations:

Montgomery City Hall
101 Old Plantersville Road, Montgomery

West Montgomery County Annex
19380 Hwy. 105 W., Ste. 507, Montgomery

Lone Star Elementary School
16600 FM 2854, Montgomery

3. Council approved street closures for annual Antiques Festival
City Council unanimously approved road closures for the annual Antiques Festival, which will take place May 3-5 in Montgomery’s historic district. Street closures include closing College, McCown and Caroline streets from 7 a.m. May 2 through 6 p.m. May 5.

4. City to host community meeting to discuss comprehensive plan
City Council unanimously approved calling a community meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Montgomery City Hall to discuss the city’s downtown comprehensive plan. Walter Peacock, program coordinator for Texas Sea Grant with the Texas A&M University’s Texas Target Communities program, will present a state of the community report at the meeting.

Prior to the community meeting, a preliminary state of the community report from the Texas Target Communities program will be presented at the city’s planning and zoning meeting Feb. 25 and the City Council meeting Feb. 26.

By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.