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Spotlighting new City of Bandera hires

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Although the City of Bandera Public Works Department may be shy a few workers - latest casualties include Angel DeLaFuentes and Joe Frazier - formerly vacant administrative slots at 511 Main Street have been filled.
City council finally approved Jannett Pieper as part-time municipal clerk, who will serve as the right hand woman of Municipal Judge Frances Kaiser. In a related matter, during a council meeting on Thursday, Dec. 4, Kaiser was confirmed as judge for another two-year period.
Previously, council had balked at Pieper's proposed salary - $12 an hour, which would increase to $14 an hour on Jan. 1. However, it has been reported that as temporary municipal clerk, Martha Shoemaker's salary was $15 per hour.
After Mayor John Hegemier took over the reins of the municipality on Nov. 18, former Mayor Don Clark, speaking as a "private citizen," urged council to approve hiring Pieper. As Clark noted, "She comes in qualified and we don't have to train her."
Taking his advice, council unanimously voted to hire Pieper as municipal clerk. She was Kaiser's overwhelming first choice for the position.
Since 1985, Pieper has worked as a public servant. From 1990 through 1994, she and Kaiser worked together in Kerr County after Kaiser was elected as the first female sheriff in the State of Texas. During that time, Pieper's duties also included serving as secretary to the jail administrator, as well as being a certified emergency dispatcher and jailer.
In 1994, she became the Kerr County Deputy Clerk and later Chief Deputy Clerk. Most recently, Pieper was elected as Kerr County Clerk, a position she held from 1999 to 2014.
"Each position I held was unique and allowed me to learn and grow. I have found that working as a public servant has always been very rewarding," Pieper wrote in an email. She continued, "Accepting the position of Bandera Municipal Court Clerk will allow me to continue to serve the public - which is what I love to do."
Betty Brown began her duties as the city's full time treasurer on Nov. 17. She offered, "I am looking forward to many good things taking place in the coming years and am excited to be able to provide city council the (necessary financial information) in an understandable, more timely and accurate manner."
Apparently Brown hit the ground running and will facilitate the upgrade of fiscal software from Quickbooks to Incode in mid-January. "I am also in the midst of verifying figures for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and should have that ready for outside auditors by late January or early February," she wrote in an email.
From 2010-2014, Brown served as finance officer for the City of Hondo. In that capacity position, she was responsible for administering the city's financial procedures, maintaining the city's sound financial condition and consulting with the city manager and staff on the administration of the city's financial affairs. Her position also provided planning, direction, management and oversight of the department to include all functional areas of fiscal management and accounting.
Prior to becoming Hondo's finance officer, Brown served as first assistant auditor for the office of the Medina County Auditor from 1999 through 2009. Additionally, from 1992 to 1999, she was controller for ACO Petroleum, Inc. in Universal City. As part of her duties, Brown prepared the year-end balance sheet-expense account schedules and documentation for audit and review by certified public accountants.
Brown and her husband, Larry, also coordinated and planned the annual Labor Day Parade, sponsored by the Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department.
Brown adheres to an open door policy, noting, "I am open to any questions that may arise from the financials or the status of spending of budget dollars. I am interested in learning where the city wants to go and how we can accomplish the dreams of making sure Bandera continues to be recognized as the Cowboy Capitol of the World."