Job descriptionPresiding officer of the Town Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents town at official functions
Enacts town laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$300/month stipend
MeetingsSecond Thursday of each month
City contact informationContact City Secretary
citysecretary@evgov.org
817-293-4313
Mickey Rigney (incumbent)Email: mprigney@live.com
Janell BrittonPhone: 682-551-1824

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Mickey Rigney
I have four years experience as an Alderman and five years experience as the Mayor of Edgecliff Village. I have excellent people skills and have the experience and ability to work with all levels of people. During my time with the city, I have formed an excellent working relationship with all departments of the city as well as the numerous committees. I have a background in management from 11 years with the USAF and 29 years with General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin. In both of these careers, I worked with a diverse level of personnel from a variety of positions and backgrounds.
Janell Britton
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Mickey Rigney
We are a small city with mostly residential issues, but still have the concerns of traffic, crime and safety. Our infrastructure (streets, water and sewer lines) are aging and we are working to upgrade them in a scheduled and timely manner.
Janell Britton
3. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE CITY’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOUR CITY’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Mickey Rigney
We in Edgecliff Village pride ourselves on our city budget and the services that we provide to our residents. We are debt free and work hard to be good stewards of the cities money and property. Since we don't depend as much on sales tax as many of our neighboring cities do, we were not as affected by the loss of these incomes. We were effected by other issues, due to the COVID-19, but we have continued to supply our services to the community.
Janell Britton
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Mickey Rigney
We continue to have one of the lowest Property Tax Rates in this part of Texas and have very affordable housing in our small city. We only have single family homes and do not have any multi-family facilities, nor the area to expand.
Janell Britton
5. HOW TO BEST ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BALANCING THE FUNDING AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH POLICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES?
Mickey Rigney
We currently contract with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office for our public safety police force. We have been very pleased with their performance and for their patrolling of our neighborhood. We have one of the best volunteer fire departments in this part of Texas and are very proud of what they do for our community and for our residents. Funding is always a problem, but we view this as a priority.
Janell Britton
6. IN THE LAST TERM, WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE? WHY? HOW DID OR WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED ON THE ISSUE AND WHY?
Mickey Rigney
We are coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and there are a lot of uncertainties with our recovery of businesses, schools, government offices etc. We need to concentrate on growth and the control of spending on items that don't need to be accomplished right away. We need to concentrate on getting people back to work, back to school and back to working with each other.
Janell Britton
7. DO YOU THINK IT IS EVER APPROPRIATE FOR STATE LAWS TO OVERRIDE LOCAL CONTROL OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE CITY? IF SO, PLEASE PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE.
Mickey Rigney
I believe that every city, every county and every state is different in many aspects of laws and ordinances. It is better to govern from the cities and counties who have the best knowledge of what is needed. The same for the states verses the federal government. What is good for a city in north Texas may not be the same as a city in far west Texas and should be governed accordingly. Which is the same for governing a state in the north east of the US versus a state in the north western. They have different issues and different ways of taking care of their problems.
Janell Britton
8. THE RECENT “BIG FREEZE” CAUSED MANY RESIDENTS TO GO WITHOUT POWER OR WATER FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CITY’S RESPONSE? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Mickey Rigney
I was one of those that was without power for days, so I understand the issue. We in the city have discussed this and will be meeting with department heads to discuss our role in future emergency situations. We will then form a committee of council members and residents to discuss it further. As for state utilities, I believe that some control needs to be placed on the rates that they can charge and ensure that it is equitable to the residents. What we had was a "perfect storm" of ice and snow, long devastating low temperatures and a Pandemic on top of that. We should learn some things that we can do better, but we can't plan on this happening again for a long time.
Janell Britton
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Mickey Rigney
I am proud to serve as the Mayor of Edgecliff Village and plan on continuing to serve for a long time. I have a concern for our city, for our residents and for our city staff. We will continue to do what is best for the city and it's residents for the long term.
Janell Britton