City Administration – Seymour, Texas
The Seymour City Council has hired Steve Biedermann as Seymour City Administrator effective January 5, 2015. Mr. Biedermann has lived in Seymour since August 2013.
Raised in the New England area of the country and the UK, Biedermann is a 20 year Air Force veteran and a retiree of Cargill, Inc., which was located in Plainview, Texas. Steve graduated from Plymouth-Carver High School, Plymouth, Massachusetts, before attending Swayne School of Design, Minot State College in South Dakota, and the University of New Hampshire. He also graduated Weapon Systems School, Avionics School, and Air Force Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA).
While working at Cargill, Inc., then the largest privately held corporation in the U.S. in terms of revenue, Biedermann was the hiring manager for all positions at the ag-based business which was a manufacturer of primary agriculture products, with 2,300 employees. He also served as interim HR manager and was in charge of union negotiations.
Biedermann stated, “I am looking forward to working with the City Council, mayor, and citizens of Seymour.”
City Secretary, Conchita Torrez
Conchita Torrez is City Secretary, Treasurer, one the City’s three Investment Officers and Municipal Court Clerk. Conchita was born and raised in Baylor County and attended SISD. She began work with the City of Seymour in June of 1996 and had served as City Secretary Assistant before assuming the position of City Secretary in November 2006.
The City Secretary’s duties include supervising Utility Billing department, serving as Public Information Officer, coordinating and conducting all City Elections, assisting in Purchasing Agent duties, serving as keeper of municipal records, serving as ADA officer and acting as Secretary for the Mayor and all five Council Members. The City Secretary works closely with the Economic Development Director on public relations projects to promote the City of Seymour, including event planning and website issues. The City Secretary coordinates, attends and records all City Council meetings and often subcommittee meetings as well. CS Torrez composes agendas, meeting minutes, Resolutions and Proclamations. She enrolls all Ordinances and Resolutions and maintains the City Code. The employees of the City Secretary’s office take seriously their responsibility to provide excellent customer service. Often the first impression of our City is formed when a visitor enters City Hall. CS Torrez administrates the Court with Judge James Castagna, who was recently hired by City Council. Torrez is currently enrolled in the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program through UNT in Denton and received her first certification in January, 2013. She is currently working on her second recertification which is a requirement as City Secretary. She will be graduating in January 2017. Utility Billing Department, also under CS Torrez, is staffed by Nita Hons, a seven –year employee and Ericka Sturgeon, a one year employee.
The Utility Billing Department staff coordinates billing for Water, Sewer, Electricity and Garbage service in the City of Seymour as well as issuing permits, coordinating airport hanger leases, coordinating charges related to rent.
Finance Director, Mary Griffin
Mary Griffin has been employed by the City of Seymour since November 1998 and previously worked for Gene Robinson’s Chevrolet dealership as full-charge bookkeeper. She is married to Marvin Griffin. The Finance Director coordinates financial reports, reconciles bank accounts, and supervises all A/P and Payroll activities with her Assistant – A/P and Payroll Specialist Suzanne Shumate; a twelve-year employee. The Finance Department employees coordinate all financial reports for Federal and State agencies, vendors, and reports that are required for grants that the City has received. The Finance department employees provide all required support for the City Auditor and they provide expert support for the City Administrator with regards to all insurance and employee benefit matters.