John Brick, who has been administrator of the tiny island city of Jamaica Beach since 2000, will retire in April.

Brick, 78, announced his retirement during a city council meeting Monday. 

"It's just time to get fresh faces, fresh people, fresh ideas," Brick said Thursday.

Jamaica Beach is an independent city in the middle of Galveston Island. Its estimated population is about 1,065, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The city's population dropped to less than 1,000 after Hurricane Ike in 2008, but has now returned to its pre-hurricane levels.

Brick said the city had grown during his tenure, citing the construction of new city buildings and a public pool.

"I don't think it's Mayberry anymore," Brick said, comparing the community to the tiny town in "The Andy Griffith Show."

Brick plans to stay with the city through part of April, as the council searches for his replacement. Advertisements for the job were expected to be published Friday.

Brick earned $105,433 in salary during the past fiscal year, according to city records.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


(4) comments

James Yarbrough

A very good and honorable man. He’s been a good and steady partner to the City of Galveston and to Galveston County. Wishing him and his lovely wife all the best!

Robert Buckner

I recall teasing John Brick about seaweed being the cash crop of Jamaica Beach. He always invited everyone to "come on down and bring your rake".

City Manager

I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Brick on many occasions, both at the county and while working here at the city. He was always professional, always on top of his business, always polite and always in shorts (well almost always).

I can assure you the people of Jamaica Beach as well as those of us here at the city that work hand in hand with their municipality will miss John for sure.

Best of Luck John and enjoy your retirement here in the "big city".

Brian Maxwell

Keith Gray

I too have had the honor to work with John. JB will not be the same without him. Such a great man who takes ownership of his duties and cares so much for the people he serves. I'll miss you John, but do not hesitate to call me if I can be of service. Your Friend, Keith

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