At the Fulshear City Council meeting on Tuesday, council members discussed the city secretary vacancy and the approval of a fingerprinting fee.

In the final order of business, the council gave City Manager Jack Harper approval to negotiate with Kimberly Kopecky to be the new city secretary.

The position had been vacant since March 29 when the council approved the termination of former city secretary Diana G. Offord for making false claims under oath.

Speaking before about 30 Fulshear residents in attendance, Harper addressed the council.

“I am looking for direction from the city council tonight for me to go ahead and begin and execute the negotiations with Kimberly Kopecky to become the city of Fulshear’s new city secretary,” Harper said.

Kopecky had served as the interim city secretary.

Council member Lisa Kettler Martin asked Harper if there will be an assistant to the secretary position.

“There’s currently a deputy city secretary in the books and when we go through the budget process,

I’ll bring that up,” Harper said.

Mayor Pro-Tem Kaye Kahlich moved to grant authority to Harper and it was second by council member Dana Hollingsworth.

Mayor Aaron Groff quickly allowed Harper to enter into negotiations with Kopecky.

“[Kopecky] has done a fabulous job, as far as our concern goes, in helping us get on board,” Groff said.

The council carried the motion with a unanimous vote.

Police Chief Kenny Seymour approached council about approving a $10 fee for fingerprinting services for educators, doctors or individuals who travel for business.

Currently the police department uses the ink method for fingerprinting, which can take up to 20 minutes per individual, according to Seymour.

“We’re not here to make money. It’s not going to make us any money, but it will offset some of the expenses we do need like fingerprinting material,” Seymour said.

The council approved his request with a unanimous vote.

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