The San Marcos City Council Wednesday night in its conference room, where it held executive session. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
By ANDY SEVILLA
The San Marcos City Council decided in executive session Wednesday night on a firm to help locate a new city manager.
The city council did not give the name of the firm or the time frame desired in the search for a city manager. Mayor Susan Narvaiz said the council decided to pursue one of the seven proposals submitted by firms interested in the task.
Narvaiz also said Interim City Manager Laurie Moyer will begin work on finding an interim city clerk.
Both appointed positions became vacant this summer, after City Manager Rick Menchaca was fired with a 4-3 vote June 24, then City Clerk Sherry Mashburn announced she would be taking a position in College Station.
Narvaiz said she would not give the name of the city manager search firm because she said the firm was still unaware that it had been awarded the opportunity. Narvaiz said representatives of the firm should be available at next Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The decision to hire a search firm for a city manager suggests that a choice for a new city manager is not imminent.
Menchaca’s ouster came after performance evaluations identified low employee morale at City Hall, including a “fear factor” issuing from Menchaca’s administrative style. Menchaca’s performance evaluation indicated that he met expectations, though by narrow margins, in all management performance categories and in all but one personal performance category.
Menchaca was ultimately fired and eventually signed an agreement with the city providing him with six months of pay and accrued vacation time and sick leave.
Menchaca was city manager of Midland from 2000 to 2007.
Former Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis has reportedly expressed an interest in the San Marcos position. Mattis resigned under pressure in April after eight years in Kyle.
Mashburn signed on as San Marcos city clerk in 2008 and previously was city secretary of Bee Cave from 1999 to 2008. Mashburn is set to be the next city secretary of College Station after present College Station city secretary Connie Hooks announced in March that she would retire on July 31.Email | Print