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January 22nd, 2008
Officials seek input from residents on new city manager

From submitted reports

The city of San Marcos is looking for public input as the search begins for a new city manager.

A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m. at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, with Scott Reilly, vice president of Arcus Public, the recruiting firm hired to conduct the national search. Residents are invited to attend.

“It is an important part of our executive recruitment process to gain insight from key stakeholders in the city so that we can search for the best person for the job,” Reilly said. “We want to hear from residents on the characteristics and qualifications they would like to see in a city manager for San Marcos.”

The suggestions from residents will go into building a profile of the type of candidates that will be sought.

Reilly has been meeting over the past two weeks with individual City Council members, city directors and employees to gather their ideas for a profile of the ideal candidate.

“This is the public’s opportunity to weigh in at the front end of the selection process,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “We want residents to help us set the benchmarks for the kind of candidates we will seek for city manager.”

Collette Jamison was named by the City Council as Interim City Manager in November following the resignation of Dan O’Leary, now the City Manager of Keller, Texas.

This is the first outside search for a San Marcos city manager in 29 years when A.C. Gonzalez was hired in 1979. He served nine years and was succeeded by Larry Gilley, who was promoted from assistant city manager and served 14 years, from 1988 to 2002. Gilley is now the city manager of Abilene.

The City Council began and then stopped an outside search in 2002. The council promoted former Fire Chief Dan O’Leary to the interim position and then hired him as city manager. O’Leary served five years in the post and announced his resignation in October.

— MELISSA MILLECAM

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