Controversial signs about Bartlett employee posted in front yard


by MELISSA MAHADEO / KVUE News and photojournalist ROBERT MCMURREY

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 6:01 PM

BARTLETT, Texas -- There's a political battle in Williamson County, and it's being waged on a woman's lawn. The signs are criticizing the city administrator.

"Boy, they put a big sign out there to sell that house," Phyllis Williams said that was her first thought when she saw three signs posted on the front lawn of a house in Bartlett.

If you take a closer look, you'll notice the signs don't say "for sale."

Two of the three signs accuse the city administrator, Chris Hill, of being a liar. One sign reads, "How can you tell if Chris Hill is lying? His lips are moving."

Hill wouldn't go on camera with KVUE, but Mayor Norris Ivy said he doesn't have to; the signs are directed at him, not Hill.

"I guess she thinks she can attack him easier than me. I don't know, nobody seems to come after me," Ivy said.

Ivy told KVUE News he believes a former city employee made the signs when he became mayor because of the changes he made.

"She got frustrated and resigned, but when she realized she couldn't get unemployment, she got frustrated and said she didn't resign," Ivy said.

As for what those signs say, Ivy believes they are a knock at the city. He said Hill is on probation but is still an accountant. Ivy told KVUE News Hill will be off probation in a few weeks.

"He hadn't had any issues on his records before," Ivy said. "He is not lying. He hasn't lied. I haven't lied."

Williams is the owner of PJ's Hair Salon in Bartlett. For 27 years she has listened to her fair share of gossip, but whatever the conflict, she said people and politics are better when handled face-to-face.

"I think there are things that need to be told. I don't know if that is the way to do it or not but that is their way," she said.

KVUE tried contacting the owner of the signs several times, but she declined to comment.