Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsMonthly city council meetings; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
bbarrett@cityofwestworth.com
817-710-2526

Who’s Running?

L. Kelly JonesWebsite: http://www.kelly4mayor.com/
Email: mayorjones@cityofwestworth.com
Phone: 817-265-0440

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Kelly Jones
This is easy, since I’m the only candidate. I am running unopposed for a second term as Westworth Village’s mayor.
I previously served 11 years on city councils in Arlington and Westworth Village, and have been Westworth Village’s mayor the last two years. Previously, I was Westworth Village’s mayor pro-tem for six years, and president of the Westworth Redevelopment Authority and chairman of the finance committee for seven years.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Kelly Jones
By any objective measure, Westworth Village has made great progress in the last 22 months. 1) We need to complete the design and installation of the city’s first true park, Melva Campbell Park, which is expected to have a grand opening this fall. 2) We are awaiting the results and recommendations from a citywide drainage study, to address long-neglected drainage improvements throughout Westworth Village. 3) Not all parts of the city have enjoyed our extraordinary infrastructure reinvestment. We need to complete the city’s renewed infrastructure in the area north of White Settlement Road.
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?
Kelly Jones
I believe Westworth Village has done an extraordinary job in responding to the COVID pandemic. Despite Governor Abbott’s easing of restrictions, we have elected to maintain our COVID precautions through at least March, when we will re-examine the situation. Financially, COVID has actually helped our city budget. Westworth Village is a city fueled primarily through sales tax, and not through ad valorem taxation. Increased customer traffic at our “big box stores” has had a net positive effect on the city’s finances.
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Kelly Jones
I don’t see affordable housing as a problem in Westworth Village. With a large number of rent houses, and a large apartment complex serving our small town, I see no need for the city “addressing” affordable housing.
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?
Kelly Jones
We enjoy an outstanding police department, which has overwhelming support from our citizens. Our department is talented, well-trained, and diverse. In a town as small as ours, with officers as highly trained as ours, we can continue a level of police service simply impossible in larger communities. We have a low crime rate, and our police officers are our medical first responders, with an enviable response time.
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?
Kelly Jones
Mayors do not vote in general law cities such as Westworth Village. In the last two years, my most important initiative was the “one lot = one house” rezoning effort, which protected our existing neighborhoods from increased redevelopment density. This rezoning effort made it much more difficult for developers to tear down existing homes and replace them with multiple residential units.
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.
Kelly Jones
I strongly oppose overriding state control of local issues. For instance, local officials know far better the appropriate levels of taxation to meet their citizens’ needs, what building materials should be allowed for residential construction, and on what dates local elections should be held. That said, there may be limited instances when the state’s interests override local interests, but the legislature has become far too activist “in knowing what’s good” for people at the local level.
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?
Kelly Jones
We were very fortunate in Westworth Village in that our entire town suffered no power outages. Further, we experienced no water contamination issues, so we never had to issue a “boil” warning to our citizens. Despite being largely spared the wrath of the adverse weather, nevertheless our public works staff responded admirably aiding citizens who experienced broken pipes in their residences.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Kelly Jones
I greatly appreciated the privilege the citizens gave me to serve as their mayor. We have made great strides within the last 22 months, but much work remains. I look confidently toward serving our citizens another term as their mayor.