Kay Stroman of the Stroman Group discusses the city manager search with San Marcos City Councilmembers. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
By ANDY SEVILLA
San Marcos officials have yet to release the names of applicants to the vacant city manager position, though the interview process began Tuesday and continues Wednesday.
San Marcos Communication Director Melissa Millecam said the city could possibly release the names of the city manager applicants as early as Wednesday evening. Millecam said councilmembers wanted to meet the applicants before their names went public.
“It’s not unusual what they’re doing,” Millecam said, adding that councilmembers are following the process they’ve used in selecting city managers in times past.
Pressed for a list of names of city manager applicants that councilmembers to be interviewed Tuesday and Wednesday in executive session, Millecam said, “I don’t have a list I can release to you at this time.”
Millecam said her directions came from the city manager’s office, which is headed by Interim City Manager Laurie Moyer.
San Marcos City Attorney Michael Cosentino has not responded to requests for information about the executive search from late last week. Cosentino also was unavailable Tuesday. His office said he was in meetings dealing with the upcoming city council agenda.
Millecam said councilmembers interviewed two candidates Tuesday and are scheduled to interview another three on Wednesday. Afterwards, Millecam said the top five candidates’ for the city manager position names will be released.
Millecam said councilmembers had identified the top five candidates for the job after vetting applications. Millecam went on to say that once the top five candidates are interviewed, the process will be more public.
According to the city’s timeline with the Stroman Group, which is facilitating the executive search, councilmembers were to interview city manager candidates this week. After a public meet and greet with the top two candidates, council is set to make a selection next week.
Councilmembers approved a contract with the Stroman Group by a 5-2 vote in August, setting a 60-day timeline to place the city’s top administrator by Oct. 1. Councilmembers Gaylord Bose and John Thomaides, who is seeking the mayor’s chair, voted in opposition to the contract.
At the August meeting, Thomaides said he voted against the contract with the Stroman Group because of his opposition to the 60-day timeline. He went on to say that the process should be allowed to develop beyond the November election that could potentially sit four new councilmembers.
Outgoing mayor Susan Narvaiz said in August that there was council consensus that “felt we needed to expedite the process prior to the (November) election,” though the reasoning behind that decision has not been disclosed.
At Tuesday’s San Marcos Area Board of Realtors debate, both mayoral candidates, Thomaides and former councilmember Daniel Guerrero, voiced disapproval with the 60-day timeline, saying more time is necessary to find the city’s next chief executive.
Meanwhile, the search for San Marcos’ next city clerk continues.
Millecam said the position is still open, though the city clerk profile on the city’s website says the application deadline was Sept. 3.
Millecam said 35 individuals have applied for the city clerk position. Millecam added that she was unsure of when the application window would be closed.