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by BRAD ROLLINS

Meeting in executive session today, San Marcos City Council members narrowed a pool of 54 applicants down to a short list of “semi-finalists” for city manager.

Emerging from a 2¾-hour meeting this afternoon, Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the council had instructed its head-hunting consultant, former Plano City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck, to send semi-finalists a list of 21 questions compiled by council members to be followed by a round of video interviews conducted via the Internet. The mayor declined to say how many candidates made the short list, but one person with knowledge of the search process said there are 12.

The council intends to name finalists by Dec. 2. The city will host a meet-and-greet with the finalists on Dec. 9 and conduct face-to-face interviews on Dec. 10, the mayor said.

“Our optimal goal is to be prepared to name a city manager” by its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Guerrero said. “We had a really strong pool of candidates from through the nation.”

City Manager Jim Nuse will leave at the end of the year after leading the municipal government since December 2010. He previously served as Round Rock’s city manager for eight years following 19 years as its public works director.

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