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September 16th, 2010
Council names three city manager finalists


The San Marcos City Council has narrowed its search for a new city manager to three candidates after two days of interviews with five candidates.

The finalists are Round Rock City Manager Jim Nuse, Kilgore City Manager Jeffrey Howell and Peoria, IL, City Manager Scott Moore.

The city council will bring back the three finalists for a second round of interviews and a public meet and greet to be held on Sept. 22. The meet and greet will take place at the City of San Marcos Conference Center from 5- 6:30 p.m.

The council also interviewed Lawton, OK, Assistant City Manager Bryan Long and Lake Jackson, TX, Assistant City Manager Modesto Mundo this week.

The city manager candidates also met with Interim City Manager Laurie Moyer and her staff. They also toured the San Marcos community.

Kay Stroman of the Stroman Group, which is coordinating the search and selection process for the city manager and city clerk positions, narrowed the original group of city manager applicants to approximately 25, and then to seven. Those seven were presented to the city council on Sept. 7.

The council selected the five candidates to interview in person.

The city council’s original timeline called for the selection of a city manager next week.

Stroman still is accepting applications for the clerk post through Sept. 17.

(Editor’s note: The above has been revised to say the meet-and-greet will take place Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m.)

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0 thoughts on “Council names three city manager finalists

  1. This process is…different at best! Here we already have ‘finalists’ yet we are still accepting applications?! And, if we started with a field of 25 candidates, was Stroman the only one who weeded it down to the 5? It would seem that council members should go through ALL the applications that meet the job requirements. Having been in the employment field, resumes are read differently by everyone. A strength to one person is not important to another. This process needs to s-l-o-w down!! … take the time to consider what applicant will work best for the city. We don’t want to get in the habit of having to ‘buy-out’ a city manager’s contract! And, while we want to know all about him/her, they also have to know about our city and its citizens. A lot of large companies interview an applicant a minimum of 3 times….. by the third visit, everyone is getting to know each other better and a more educated decision can be made by both parties involved.

  2. As far as I can tell, the City Manager search is actually over. Nuse is the fait accompli winner. He has so much more experience than the other two. I feel sorry for them having to travel back to San Marcos for no real reason. I hope Nuse is good for our community!

  3. You might want to correct the time for the meet and greet. The city press release states it is from 5p-6:30….not “at 6:30.”

  4. If your city does choose Jim Nuse, you will be in great shape. We will miss him in Round Rock. He has been an incredible asset to our city (Round Roc) for over 25 years.

  5. If your city does choose Jim Nuse, you will be in great shape. We will miss him in Round Rock. He has been an incredible asset to our city (Round Rock) for over 25 years.

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