San Marcos City Hall. File photo.
By ANDY SEVILLA
The San Marcos City Council is trying to fast track the selection of a new city manager, setting a timeline to make a decision before the Nov. 2 election that could define a new council majority.
The city’s Request For Proposal (RFP) to firms interested in guiding the search for a new city manager specifies that the “placement of the City Manager candidate shall be within 60 days.”
The city council picked out a search firm at a special meeting Wednesday night, but declined to make public which firm it selected. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said the firm will be at next Tuesday’s city council meeting.
A 60-day time frame from the date of the Aug. 3 council meeting points to the city publicly formalizing a hire at the council’s Oct. 5 meeting, four weeks before an election that will seat a new mayor and decide four of the seven seats on the council.
The time frame also cuts in half the general length of a city manager search established in recent years by Hays County cities on the Interstate-35 corridor. Kyle’s selection of Tom Mattis in 2002, Buda’s selection of Kenneth Williams in 2008 and San Marcos’ selection of Rick Menchaca in 2008 all came at least six months after the preceding city manager’s departure was announced.
Kyle still is looking for a new city manager more than three months after Mattis’ forced resignation in April. Mattis has reportedly expressed an interest in becoming the next city manager in San Marcos.
The San Marcos City Council fired Menchaca on June 24 by a 4-3 vote.
San Marcos councilmembers could not be reached after San Marcos Local News obtained the RFP Thursday to give a rationale for expediting the choice of a city manager who stands to work with a substantially different city council. Only one councilmember is seeking re-election to her seat, though another seeks to move from his council seat to the mayor’s position.
Narvaiz announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election to a fourth straight term, leaving the race open to Councilmember John Thomaides and former Councilmember Daniel Guerrero, the only two candidates who had filed as of Wednesday. Former mayoral candidate Dan McCarthy also has announced that he will run.
Councilmember Kim Porterfield has filed for re-election to her seat against a challenge from Texas State student Griffin Spell. Councilmember Gaylord Bose said he will not seek re-election to his seat, and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jude Prather is the only candidate to file for the position.
Thomaides has resigned his council seat to seek the mayor’s seat, though he will remain in his council position until his replacement is selected in November. Retired San Marcos Police Department officer Rodney van Oudekerke and local filmmaker Shane Scott have filed for the final two years of Thomaides’ unexpired council term.
The RFP call for city manager search proposals also requested mechanisms for city council and stakeholders to provide input for candidate profile electronically versus on-location, requested an update to a recent city manager candidate profile document after current input, and stipulated that city manager candidates will not be limited to municipal experience.
The RFP also requested a separate quote for a facilitation, vetting and selection process for city manager candidates.
The city received received seven proposals, four of which were from firms located in Texas, including one from San Marcos. The respondents were:
* The Affion Public firm (formerly Arcus Public) in Harrisburg, PA.
* The Brimeyer-Fursman firm in Maplewood, MN.
* J&D Johnson & Associates in Austin.
* Lehman Associates in Austin.
* The Pate Resources Group in Beaumont.
* The Stroman Group, LLC, in San Marcos.
* Vorhees Associates, LLC, in Deerfield, IL.
San Marcos Communications Director Melissa Millecam said the city didn’t advertise the RFP on any online website as is custom. Documents state that the firms were asked by the city to submit proposals.
The RFP also asked for assistance in the search for a city clerk to replace Sherry Mashburn, who will start a position with the City of College Station in August.Email | Print