Lubbock’s mayor is suggesting alternatives to hiring an additional member to their support staff.

At their meeting last Thursday, the Lubbock City Council voted to hire an executive assistant to the City Council, as well as two new auditors in their Internal Audit Office.

The funds to hire the troika of new employees would come out of extra projected sales tax revenue of $180,000.

Mayor Glen Robertson and District 5 Councilwoman Karen Gibson voted against the measure, offered by District 6 Councilwoman Latrelle Joy.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Robertson said that he has requested that his personal assistant be assigned to the City Council, and that the receptionist should begin helping with his calls and scheduling, eliminating the position of the Mayor’s Executive Assistant.

“I cannot in good conscience be a part of adding another position when we do not have enough work for the staff we currently have,” Robertson said. “I am hopeful that this will satisfy the council’s perceived need for additional help and at the same time not put an extra tax burden on our citizens.”