Mayor's Message

Human Resources Departments (HR), across the world, are responsible for employee recruitment, retirement and everything in between.  Our HR Department at the City of Watauga is no different.  Watauga’s HR Department is comprised of the Director of Human Resources and Civil Service and the Human Resources Generalist who are both responsible for providing assistance to over 200 employees. 

Watauga Human Resources’ Department Mission Statement reads:

"The Human Resources Department is committed to delivering the highest quality of service to all departments, employees, applicants and citizens. It supports the City of Watauga through recruitment, training and retention of a diverse and high performing workforce and management of employee benefits and compensation."

There are five (5) core services provided by the City’s HR department.  The first is Workforce Planning & Employment which involves recruitment, promotions, new employee orientation and maintaining job descriptions.  The second core service is Compensation and Benefits which includes the administration of compensation, classification and benefits such as health insurance and retirement.  The third, Employee/Labor Relations, can include complaint investigation, coordinating employee events (i.e. Health Fair or Employee Appreciation Events) and updating policies.  The fourth core service, Risk Management, constitutes workers’ compensation, health and wellness, safety and assisting supervisors with complex personnel issues.  The fifth core service, Professional Development and Performance Management, involves succession planning, managing employee evaluations and training.

During a special election in 2005, Watauga voters elected Civil Service for Firefighters and Police Officers.  Local Government Code Chapter 143 also known as “Civil Service”, in a nutshell, is a set of rules that regulate the recruitment, promotion, discipline and other areas of employment of a Police Officer and Firefighter.  The Human Resources Department is responsible for insuring that the City adheres to this law in its employment practices.  Both the Watauga Police Officers’ Association and Watauga Professional Firefighters’ Association have worked with City Administration to establish Meet and Confer Agreements.  These agreements have been beneficial to both parties and are aimed to assist in recruitment and retention of employees.   For example, Civil Service only allowed the City to hire Firefighters between the age of 18-35 and Police Officers between the ages of 21-44.  Through Meet and Confer negotiations, we were able to increase the age limits to 18-39 for Firefighters and 21-49 for Police Officers.  This change has the potential to increase our candidate pool and assist with recruitment.

From payroll changes to retirement planning, our Human Resources Department’s goal is it to make Watauga a Great Place to Work!

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Shop Watauga

Support Your Local Businesses - Shop Watauga First!

With Rufe Snow Drive construction currently under way, some of our businesses along Rufe Snow Drive are in need of your support.  The City of Watauga encourages all of our residents and citizens to remember these businesses and shop them before traveling elsewhere.  It is important to all of Watauga that we make an extra effort to support them during this time.  It keeps our local economy healthy and you know your tax dollars are kept right here at home to support the city that serves you. Below is a list of Watauga businesses on and around Rufe Snow Drive.

Business List
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Small Business Week

The City of Watauga, in conjunction with the U. S. Small Business Administration will be celebrating National Small Business Week from April 30-May 6, 2017.

This is our opportunity to celebrate Watauga’s small businesses and our appreciation for your investment in the City.  Planned activities begin with social media blasts on Monday and Tuesday, a luncheon on Wednesday, continued social media opportunities on Thursday and Friday, and we will end the week with a Shop Small Saturday campaign.  Small business owners and managers will be invited to attend the luncheon on Wednesday, May 3 to hear speakers from the U. S. Small Business Administration , Tarrant County Small Business Council, and Tarrant County College  who will share insights on expanding your business, financing options, tax information, and staff training opportunities.  For more information about National Small Business Week activities in Watauga, contact Denise Wilkinson at 817.514.5813.

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General Election - Saturday, May 6, 2017

There will be a General Election to elect the positions of Mayor, City Council Places 3, 4, and 5 on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The list of candidates as they will appear on the ballot is as follows:

MAYOR
Hector F. Garcia
Robert Davis
Patrick “Pat” Shelbourne

COUNCIL MEMBER, PLACE 3
Albert (Al) Cardenas
Lee W. Griffin

COUNCIL MEMBER, PLACE 4
James Wright
Joanne Hinton
Phillip Jennings

COUNCIL MEMBER, PLACE 5
Sandra (Sandy) Bush
Melva Clark

For more information, date, times and voting information please visit the City website.

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Employment Opportunities

Work Where You Live! Have you considered a career in municipal government?
 
The City of Watauga is searching for dedicated and hardworking individuals to join their team.  The City offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits package.  Summer job opportunities are now available as well.  Visit our website for a list of career opportunities.

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Celebrate Spring at the Library!

Down on the Farm Petting Zoo will bring bunnies for you to pet.  Who knows, the Easter Bunny might just drop by when he learns that some of his best bunny friends are at the Library!  To help alleviate the long lines, we will have two bunny corrals!
 
Hop on over to the Watauga Public Library, Wednesday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  There will be no story time on Tuesday, April 11.


Exploring Local Travel with Unexpected Texas

Join author and speaker Tui Snider as she discusses area travel stops close to Dallas/Fort Worth. If you can’t travel far this summer, or if you’d like to take a stay-cation, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn what the Metroplex has to offer curious minds. Tui’s book Unexpected Texas: Your Guide to Offbeat and Overlooked History, Day Trips, and Fun Things To Do Near Dallas and Fort Worth is full of inexpensive and entertaining local trips. Everyone is welcome. Free!
 
Thursday, April 27
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Northeast Arts Council

Join the Watauga Public Library on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a performance by the North Central Ballet. This beautiful program will feature selections from the ballet Gaite Parisienne. Through the MasterWorks Series, the Arts Council Northeast and the City of Watauga present free performances on selected evenings throughout the year. The MasterWorks Series is designed to offer a variety of quality family entertainment to the community by utilizing the talent of local, regional, and national artists.

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Spring Concerts at Capp Smith Park

April 28, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.

Live Music featuring:  Michael Hix


6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  
                                                    

5800 Block of Robin Dr. (Behind Harvest Church)
Bring the family for a fun night out to enjoy:

  • Bounce Houses

  • Food Trucks

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Watauga Fest

May 18-21, 2017 * Capp Smith Park

5800 Block Of Robin Drive


Watauga Fest is a Festival for the whole family with Free Admission, Live Music, Local Dance Group Performances, Food Trucks, Arts & Crafts, Carnival Rides and more. 

  • May 18: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Carnival Expo

  • May 19: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Live Music, Carnival Expo, Food Trucks

  • May 20: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Live Entertainment, Carnival Expo, Food Trucks, Shopping

  • May 21: 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m. Carnival Expo, Food Trucks

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Disposal of Ammunition

Shield My Senior – Safety Solutions

Maintenance Tip of the Month!

 
Elderly Home Safety
A home safety checklist for seniors is a great way to assess an entire living space and determine where potential hazards could arise. Falls and injuries can occur in any room in the home.  They are most prevalent in places like bathrooms and staircases, but hazards can be present in each and every room.  It is important to make a list of all potential safety concerns and take preventative measures to address each and every one.  For more information visit SheildMySenior or join Next Door for future updates.   

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