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Heather Hurlburt.

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Certified Public Accountant Heather Hurlbert is being promoted at San Marcos City Hall by City Manager Jim Nuse, who has named her as the new director of finance.

Hulbert will be responsible for assembling the city’s $163 million budget and will work closely with her predecessor, Assistant City Manager/ Chief Financial Officer Steve Parker.

“Heather brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and insights about the City of San Marcos to this position,” Nuse said. “She has helped us achieve the city council’s goal for sound finances and is a great addition to the directors’ team.”

Hurlbert received a bachelor’s in business administration and accounting in 1994 from the University of Texas-San Antonio. She received her CPA license in 1998 and worked as a controller, financial and budget manager, tax preparer and bookkeeper for private businesses in New Braunfels and San Antonio from 2001 to 2009. Hulbert is a member of the Government Finance Officers of Texas, Governmental Treasurers of Texas, the Texas Society of CPAs and Texas Women in Public Finance.

She has been married to Matt Hurlbert for 20 years and they are the parents of Ashley, 18, and Jonathan, 12.

She is an active volunteer with the Boy Scout Troop 343 and President of the Schertz Youth Soccer Alliance. She participates in the City of San Marcos mentoring program for San Marcos CISD students and is an alumna of the inaugural class of the Citizens Fire Academy.

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22 thoughts on “Hurlburt named city finance director

  1. Question: How does former city manager Rick Menchaca fit into this office? Heard through the grapevine that he in in charge of the city bonds. Any truth to this?

  2. Question two: does she commute to soccer or commute to work? It would be nice if the city was able to give its bigger checks to employees who reinvest into the community of taxpayers who pay their salaries.

  3. ^^^ This.

    We have residency rules for our elected leaders for a very valid reason. Why shouldn’t these rules also apply to our appointed/hired leadership?

    The concept of people running this down all day and then driving to another town to live at night and on weekends is distasteful to me.

    Given that her education, most of her career, and her after-hours civic involvement all trend to Schertz/Selma (the scout troop she works with is chartered in Selma)….I have a feeling that MS Hurlburt is going to fall into that category.

    Maybe she’s planning to move here. I hope so.

  4. Rather than require residency, I’d love to see some surveys to find out why certain people who work here, and could afford to own homes here, choose to buy elsewhere. Then, put together a plan to address those issues.

  5. In Ms. Hurlburt’s case, I think it’s likely that she was always “down south” and just recently started work for COSM. The article said she worked for various private companies until 2009. But that’s just a guess. It’s perfectly understandable that someone would continue to live in “the family home”, but I still hope that a move to our fair city is in the offing for her and her family, especially now that she holds a very important leadership position within the community.

    In these instances, it can be very tough to balance finding the properly qualified candidate (or the BEST candidate) with finding the one that lives in town. She’s a CPA, which should bode well for her qualifications – although there’s a HUGE difference between accounting in governments and accounting/budgeting in private enterprise.

    Also, please ignore that capital “S” above – it was just a typo. I don’t want anyone to assume I was adding any sort of emphasis or especially sarcasm.

  6. Dano, you may be right, although people regularly move for their jobs, even if it is only 20-30 miles. We lose people to Austin, chasing jobs, all the time.

    One of life’s great mysteries, right up there with “why do apartments generate noise and traffic complaints,” is “why do people commute to San Marcos, instead of buying homes here?” It would be worthwhile to learn.

    Granted, folks who (allegedly) smash our residents’ faces into the concrete an knock their teeth out can go ahead and keep living somewhere else, but in general, I’m in favor of attracting more people here.

  7. I personally know people who work for Caldwell County, and the Lockhart School District who live in San Marcos, it cuts both ways.

  8. Yep. And it’s not just our government employees. Many people who work at the University – both professors and administration – live in Austin or Wimberley too.

    Personally, I’ve always felt it’s best to live where you work for a number of reasons….it’s simple logistics. You can go home for lunch, your kids are in school in the town where you work so picking them up in an emergency or going to a school function doesn’t take an act of congress, and so on.

  9. I currently live & work in SM and have done so for the past year. Quite frankly, I’m looking forward to leaving. Unless you’re a college student with an overwhelming penchant for alcohol, there’s damn little else to do. However, for the time being, I have come to terms with living in a zero culture, hillbilly hell! I shall digress, my neighborhood looks like a used car lot with vehicles parked around large piles of debris, no doubt left behind by the droves of college students who have left SM for the summer. All the front yards look like “demilitarized zones”. I truly believe most the homes in SM are NOT owner occupied, because this theme seems to repeat itself in MANY neighborhoods. I’m guessing as long as the rent gets paid, they (the owners) don’t give a shit what the place looks like. Also, everywhere you look there is construction, for yet more student housing. Fast food reigns supreme, driving in town is a nightmare, and the Outlet Mall, well; it’s just tacky. As far as local politics are concerned…… the phrase it ain’t what ya know, it’s who blow comes to mind, aka Good ol’ Boys Network, which is typical of Texas politics. I’ve kept quiet for the past year, but I just couldn’t keep myself from responding to questions about residing here.

  10. I’ve lived her since 1995, best town on this planet.
    Got a clean river to swim and fish. Got great places to eat dinner at Salt Grass, Logans, Palmers, Johnny Carinos,
    movies, games lots of parks. 2 HEBs and a Walmart.

    Wow, Olenna has been here a whole year and managed not to talk noise about us till now. Well good for you. Now don’t let the door hit you on your way to Zorn or some other crap hole that doesn’t have those annoying things like people in it.

  11. Well, setting aside the emotion, Olenna does touch on some of the issues that were identified in our recent survey, by students and non-students alike. Particularly, poor code enforcement and overbuilt apartments.

    Still, I would like to see an effort to reach everyone who works in San Marcos, earns enough to buy a home here, and commutes from somewhere else.

  12. I would love to live in San Marcos. I’m sure the professors would love to live there too. However, the reality is the schools aren’t the best and the townies are anti-University. Not hating on you. It is just the truth. Or, better stated, my perception.

  13. If the city wants to require that employees live within the city limits, then we’re all likely to settle for less-than-qualified candidates. What if a condition of employment at the university was contingent on living in San Marcos? Absurd. I agree with the above posts that we should look in to why more faculty and staff don’t live here, but I think Chuck nailed. However, I’ll expand on his “the townies are anti-university” statement though (and possibly touch on something he hadn’t intended….). There is a palpable race divide in this town that is toxic to incoming employees not ready (or wanting to participate) for it. Many of my co-workers have left SM because of it. Call it reverse-discrimination (or racism), but it’s ever-present it this fair town. Many move outside of SM to avoid/escape what is labeled as “anti-university”, but is actually something different.

  14. I don’t understand what you mean about race. Do you mean it’s tough for a white guy to make it around here? I am interested in hearing more.

    And I am sure we could find a CPA who made it through UTSA. I am not knocking those accomplishments, but it isn’t as if the job requirements are exotic as they would be to lecture on anthropology.

  15. If more homes were owner-occupied – we would see improvements. My street is 90% owner-occupied which is far above the city’s stats – only 30% are owner-occupied. In order to encourage homeowner occupied housing – the City should offer a Homestead Exemption on taxes. The schools and the county already offer this exemption. Most of the Cities in the area offer this exemption. This could happen right away if the Council and City Manager were onboard.

  16. I can’t believe everyone decided to make this an issue. Millions of people live in one city yet work in another. Why pick on her? For all you know, maybe her husband works on the southside of San Antonio and has a great job and doesn’t want to leave it. Maybe her kids have went to the same school their whole life and she doesn’t want to move them. Maybe her house is paid for in Schertz and she doesn’t want a house payment? Maybe she thinks the school system is better in Schertz than San Marcos. Maybe she has a sick, elderly parent she lives near and doesn’t want to move her. There are a million reasons why someone moves or doesn’t move. This is crazy that everyone has an issue with this. Maybe that’s why she chooses not to live here?

  17. Yeah millions of Americans commute and yeah there are a host of potential reasons for her to stay where she is. But the fact remains – it is better for a city when it’s leaders live there. A properly invested leader is a more effective leader. I personally can’t believe that anyone would even argue the point….

  18. Ms. Hurlburt should not take any of these comments too personally. I think that those of us that live in the CIty of SM would like people like Ms. Hurlburt to feel like they want to live here. That the schools would be a good fit for her children (if she has any), that her husband (if she has one) could find a comparable job in SM, that she would find a house and a neighborhood that would be better than what she has now. I think it is important for middle class families to feel like San Marcos could be home – and if they are not moving here for the discussion to consider why they are not moving here. All you have to do is drive by THE RETREAT, MILL STREET and especially SAGEWOOD (which is currently totally trashed and worth a drive by to see in person) to see that our new citizens are just passing through and camping out and leaving waste behind and their out-of-town landlords are doing nothing except cashing checks.

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