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Council re-hires Birdwell; Mayor claims other applicants 'more qualified'

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WILMER – A 3-2 vote approved Crystol Birdwell as the newly re-hired city secretary of Wilmer during the Thursday, Aug. 4 council meeting.

Birdwell was previously fired twice from the city by two different mayors for the same position. The last firing took place September of 2008 when Mayor Don Hudson alleged Birdwell of failure to follow state laws on publishing and scheduling public hearings, failure to transcribe city council meeting minutes in a “timely fashion” and failure to keep an accurate record of the city’s financial records. 

When asked for comment about her past Birdwell claimed the allegations were “unfounded.”

“Any allegations from previous city mayors were unfounded. I was not ‘fired’ three years ago, I was placed on unpaid leave and after an investigation with no findings of guilt, the city did a mutual separation agreement and I resigned,” stated Birdwell via an email interview.

Former City Secretary Alice Holloway moved to another city more than a month ago and the city has been looking for a replacement hire ever since.

“There were approximately 25 applications turned in and there were a few that qualified with experience,” said Mayor Jeff Steele. 

“I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the city [to hire Birdwell] since she didn’t even fill out an application and there were more viable and more qualified candidates.”

According to Steele, Mayor Pro Tem Hector Pena made a motion to hire Birdwell with no talk to other council members besides Robert Wells and Candy Madrigal. 

“It’s curious to me, when did they discuss Ms. Birdwell when she did not file an application?” questioned Steele.

Requests for comment from Pena were not returned as of press time.

Councilman Robert Turner and Councilwoman Vicky Vandygriff, the two opposing votes, were not aware of any discussion on Birdwell according to Steele.

Birdwell, who wasn’t been employed since she left the city three years ago, feels “great to be back in the office after the hiatus.”

“It is time to move forward as it is a new day in the city of Wilmer,” stated Birdwell. 


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hair growth 08/12/2011 18:13:11
Birdwell, who wasn’t been employed since she left the city three years ago, feels “great to be back in the office after the hiatus.
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wilmercitizen 08/12/2011 19:27:22
Hopefully those other "more qualified" City Secretary applications will be available via open records request. As far as I am aware, there is no living person with as much history as Wilmer's City Secretary than Ms. Birdwell. If anyone can figure out how the City of Wilmer managed to end up where it finds itself today, knows the operating procedures, the players and the political history - it's Ms. Birdwell. The Wonderful World of Wilmer didn't begin the day Steele came into office (although it may not survive his leadership).
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smalltownguy 11/01/2011 16:47:21
" If anyone can figure out how the City of Wilmer managed to end up where it finds itself today, knows the operating procedures, the players and the political history - it's Ms. Birdwell. "

Seriously?!?!?!?!? You ppl who care about your small town politics are complete and utter embarassments to the human race. I'm ashamed that i breath the same air as you. When someone is fired TWICE because they suck at their job then thats kinda self explanitory. Furthermore Mayor Pro Tem Hector Pena sounds like a filthy little scumbag, as he didn't involve the entire board of his decision to hire back the " 2 time Failure ". Sounds pretty fishy.
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