Hutto City Council voted to work with Strategic Government Resources, an interim management services organization, in its search for an interim city manager. Council voted 6-0 in favor of engaging with SGR to hire an interim city manager during its Dec. 12 meeting. Council Member Scott Rose was absent from the meeting.
Wendle Medford, senior managing director of interim services and consulting for SGR, spoke before council during its Dec. 12 meeting, outlining the work SGR does during the candidate application process. With more than 300 interim city manager candidates in its system, SGR does background checks before making submitting resumes for consideration to council.
Hutto City Council requested five candidates be selected for review during a Dec. 16 work session, before selecting its top three candidates and interviewing them during a worksession on Dec. 18.
Medford confirmed that any candidate selected for the interim position will not be there to execute new decisions for the city, but rather help guide existing staff members with best practice recommendations.
“It’s all about relationship building and bringing everyone together," Medford said.
The city of Hutto is looking into hiring an interim city manager from the Texas Municipal League, following a unanimous vote from Hutto City Council at its Dec. 5 meeting. The candidate selected would not be the final position holder, Mayor Doug Gaul confirmed.
The Texas Municipal League includes retired city managers who can step in during interim periods to serve, council confirmed Dec. 5. Council's initial agenda item specified that the interim city manager would start Jan. 2, 2020, but council expressed it would like the selected candidate to start as soon as possible and walk through the process with City Manager Odis Jones prior to Jones' departure.
Selection of an interim city manager would require council vote prior to their hire. Hutto City Council's next regularly scheduled meeting is Dec. 19, but several council members and the mayor said they would be willing to call a special meeting for the hiring confirmation as soon as early next week. Per council's request, a minimum of two candidates will be interviewed for consideration.