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Mayor Daniel Guerrero said this morning that the San Marcos City Council has decided to offer the city manager job to one of five finalists.

James Earp at Kyle City Hall. MERCURY FILE PHOTO

James Earp at Kyle City Hall. MERCURY FILE PHOTO

Guerrero and other council members are not naming the prospective new city manager because the city still has to negotiate an employment contract. But you can apparently cross James Earp off the list,  according to an email the Kyle assistant city manager sent this morning to officials in his city. 

“I learned last night that I was not named the lone finalist,” Earp writes.

If Earp is out, the finalist is one of four people: Karen Daly of Sugar Land, Charles Ewings of Longview, Tansy Hayward of Tacoma, Wash., or Jared Miller of North Richland Hills.

For the same reasons that Guerrero won’t say who the council’s pick is, Earp is not necessarily out of the running. The deal with the “lone finalist” could still fall apart, in other words. If that happens, the council could go to one of  four other finalists, Earp included,  or revisit the original pool of 54 applicants.

Here’s the full text of Earp’s email:

Thank you all for your support during my time as a candidate in San Marcos. As you may know there were 54 applicants narrowed down to a pool of 12, and then 5 finalists were named, of which I was one.

The last two days have been filled with public meet and greets, department head briefings, and interviews which concluded yesterday. I learned last night that I was not named the lone finalist.

I wanted to thank each of you for your support and for allowing me the chance to explore this opportunity.

As the end of the year approaches, and does my annual end of year vacation, I am now gearing up for my new responsibilities in the new year as I take back over Community Development, and am excited about several of the projects I will be able to finish in the next two quarters that will dramatically change how our city operates like the first Emergency Management Plan, and the Statistical Management Tool. I look forward to 2014.

Thank you again, for everything you have done for me personally and professionally, and thank you for service to our community.

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