Austin on verge of hiring Spencer Cronk as city manager; police chief vacancy remains

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Austin on verge of hiring Spencer Cronk as city manager; police chief vacancy remains
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Austin City Council

What We Reported


In December, City Council voted unanimously to name Spencer Cronk, a city coordinator in Minneapolis, as its choice for city manager.

The Latest


The December decision initiated contract negotiations with Cronk, finalization of which relies on City Council approval. According to a city spokesperson, the city manager’s salary will range between $350,000 and $400,000. Cronk told Community Impact Newspaper that should everything go as planned, he expects to start by Feb. 12.

What’s Next


The city placed a hold on several executive hires in anticipation of a permanent city manager. This resulted in a long list of vacancies, namely the chief of police. Cronk told Community Impact Newspaper that because there have been “incredibly talented staff who kept the train running,” he intends to take his time in making the right choice for each position.

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By Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, USA Today and several other local outlets along the east coast.