Austinites will have a chance to meet City Council’s top two choices for the next city manager March 25, after one of three finalists for the role withdrew from consideration.

The setup

The search process for a permanent city manager conducted by Mosaic Public Partners resulted in three candidates under consideration for the chief City Hall job.

Outgoing Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, Denton City Manager Sarah Hensley and Kansas City City Manager Brian Platt made council's shortlist on March 5.

Days later, Missouri media reported that Platt would be taking his name out of consideration after Kansas City officials voted to negotiate a new contract with him. Platt confirmed his withdrawal from the Austin search on March 10.

What’s happening

Austin residents will have the chance to hear from the two remaining candidates, Broadnax and Hensley, during a public town hall in late March.

The event will be held March 25 at 6 p.m. in the city's Permitting and Development Center located at 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive. Broadnax and Hensley will deliver remarks and participate in a moderated discussion, followed by a reception with attendees.

Austinites interested in hearing from both candidates can submit questions for the forum ahead of time via an online survey, or by calling 311 or 512-974-2000, before 11 p.m. on March 20.

The forum will stream live on ATXN in English and Spanish.

What's next

After the March 25 meet-and-greet, community members will be able to provide more feedback on Hensley and Broadnax through another public survey to be shared with City Council before their final selection.

Both candidates are scheduled for interviews and meetings with council, city leadership and staff, and labor groups for city employees in late March.

Officials could vote to move forward with their chosen city manager as soon as April 4.