Mayor's Update #10: Blanco’s New City Secretary Settles in to Work
Blanco’s new City Secretary, Robert Seward, is beginning to settle into the job. A native Texan, born in Katy, Robert brings almost nine years of direct administrative experience to the position. His last job was as City Secretary of the City of Palacios, on Matagorda Bay on the Texas coast. Before that he worked as an executive administrator for a private company and as a billing and eligibility specialist for the Texas Municipal League Multistate Intergovernmental Benefits Pool. He holds a Public Administration Certificate from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is working on his certification as a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk through the Texas Municipal Clerks’ Association.
(Pictured: Robert Seward, Blanco’s new City Secretary, is eager to meet the citizens he serves and ensure that City Hall continues to provide efficient, courteous, and professional service.)
Reporting to the Mayor and the City Council, Robert’s job as Blanco City Secretary encompasses a variety of activities. He supports the Mayor with administrative services; oversees the Assistant City Secretary/Utility Billing Clerk, the City Bookkeeper, and the Municipal Court Clerk; supports the City Council with agendas, documentation, and minutes; coordinates and conducts City elections; serves as the official records management officer for the City; attests to official documents; responds to Public Information requests; ensures official notices are published in the Blanco County News; manages Workers’ Compensation issues; assists in preparation of the City’s annual budget; and other things too numerous to mention. Needless to say, it’s a big job.
Already an avid amateur photographer, Robert reports he is about to take up two more hobbies. Fulfilling a long time personal desire, he is using an electronic keyboard to teach himself to play the piano. When warm weather returns, he intends to learn all about making wine at home. Maybe Blanco will finally be put on the Hill Country Wine Trail.
Robert currently commutes from San Marcos but is looking to rent or purchase a home in Blanco so he doesn’t have to dodge the deer on the road.
The City Council will soon hire a City Administrator to fill out the professional staff at City Hall. By the first of the year, we should be fully staffed and ready to take on the many challenges that will ensure that Blanco prospers onto the future while retaining our small town charm. To that end, Robert Seward, our new City Secretary will prove an invaluable asset.