The San Marcos City Council has settled on finalists for its new city manager but members do not plan to release their names for another week.
After meeting for an hour and 40 minutes in executive session this afternoon, the council re-adjourned to their chambers where Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the council had agreed on finalists. But he declined to say who the finalists are nor even how many of them are on the list.
Finalists will be invited to interviews on Monday, Dec. 9, the same day they will meet the city’s residents at a public reception, Guerrero said. The council is tentatively scheduled to pick a city manager at a specially called meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Guerrero said the council will release the name of finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The San Marcos Mercury this afternoon requested the finalists’ names under the Texas Public Information Act.
Except in the cases of university system chancellors and presidents and school district superintendents, applicants’ names for taxpayer-funded jobs — especially high-profile positions like city manager — are public information under the Texas Public Information Act. In addition, a standing 1990 Texas Attorney General’s Opinion says that a city council cannot decline to release the names of applicants because the application material is technically in the possession of a search firm or other outside party.
“A city cannot grant to agents powers that the city itself does not possess,” then-Attorney General Dan Morales wrote. “Absent a specific statutory provision making the names of the applicants confidential, names of the applicants for public employment are not excepted from public disclosure under any provision of the Open Records Act.”
The noon meeting was the council’s second scheduled for today. They will meet again at 6 p.m. to canvass, or make official, the vote totals from the Nov. 5 general election.
Following certification of the outcome, landscape designer Lisa Prewitt will be sworn to the Place 1 seat held for six years by Kim Porterfield, who did not seek a third term. Place 2 council member Jude Prather will be sworn to a second term.
CORRECTION: This story originally said the council would consider naming a city manager on Dec. 10 in a regular meeting. The Dec. 10 meeting is a specially called meeting, not a regularly scheduled one.