The city has been discussing the vacancy at every meeting since August when the council voted to discontinue the employment of Robert Wood, the former city administrator.
“I think after tonight there will not be any open staff positions,” said Mayor Linda Anthony, adding that the city has spent the last four to five months looking for a replacement.
On Sept. 11, council approved a contract with the government hiring agency, Strategic Government Resources, to help with the search and hiring process.
As of Jan. 8, four candidates were being considered for the position, which Wood had held for the last 12 years.
Following a City Council executive session on Jan. 8, council member Brian Plunkett made a motion authorizing Anthony to enter negotiations with one of the finalists, who was not identified. The motion passed.
In unrelated news, the council also announced the hiring of a new part-time permit assistant, Kathy Roach. Roach will work alongside Anjali Naini, director of building and development services.
Naini said Roach gained an understanding of the building and permitting process after she built a home within city limits of West Lake Hills. She’s also had a career in business development and strategic planning.
Roach will be great at interacting with residents, Anthony said, adding that she truly understands the city's values.