ROYSE CITY – Former Royse City City Manager Bill Shipp, who submitted his resignation just moments before he was to be terminated by the City Council in mid-June, has been hired by the City of Bonham TX.
Shipp will replace outgoing City Manager, Corby Alexander, who accepted the same position with the City of LaPorte TX.
Royse City council members met in executive session June 12 to evaluate Shipp’s job performance, after which a special meeting was called to consider “disciplinary action up to and including termination as a result of the city manager’s evaluation.”
Shipp resigned minutes later and submitted his resignation letter July 16.
That same weekend, the Council voted to accept his resignation, 5-2. Mayor Jerrell Bailey was opposed because he said he thought that Shipp was doing a good job. He told TheRockwallNews.com that he could not comment on specifics about why Council members wanted to terminate his contract.
Shipp told KETR Radio in Bonham that he is looking forward to working in Bonham after having worked nearby in Commerce from 2004-2009.
“I’ve known Bonham since I was up here in Commerce and coming up here to eat and that sort of thing,” he said. “I’ve always liked Bonham. The job was open and I spoke with some people about it. They told me it was a great place to be, they have a good staff here and good city council. And I thought, ‘Well, it’s a good council, good staff, good place to live; what more could you ask for?’”
He added that it comes down to a good staff and council to be able to manage a city effectively.
Shipp says the immediate challenge is finalizing the city budget. He’ll also work to repair city streets and bring in new development.
“There’s always development challenges,” he added. “I know Bonham has some opportunity on a couple of people that are interested in locating here and doing some small developments and that’s something the community certainly welcomes and something I’ll be working on.”
By J.J. Smith