Pinehurst City Council Tuesday evaluated City Administrator Robert Ewart and decided to keep him on a second year.

“We’re very proud to have him here,” said Mayor T.W. Permenter.
“When he came aboard we were sort of struggling. We didn’t have the kind of background he had, and he had been with several different cities … We rely on him, he’s very good with the personnel.”

Ewart replaced the retired Dan Robertson, who also doubled as police chief after he succeeded the late C.R. Nash.

Looking ahead, Ewart said the city expects to receive two new police cars soon, the result of a successful grant application.

He said the city also should get some $51,000 in grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development related to Hurricane Ike damage.

Ewart is a former city manager for Sour Lake, Dayton and LaMarque. From 1979-85, he served as Vidor public works director. He returned to Southeast Texas to be closer to family.

A New Orleans native raised in Beaumont, Ewart, 62, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in government from Lamar University and North Texas State.

Pinehurst has about 2,200 residents, pending results of the 2010 census.

Ewart took office in March, 2009.

According to city records, Ewart’s salary is roughly $60,000.