Missouri City selects GovHR to assist in recruiting city manager

Missouri City is in the early stages of hiring a new city manager after a majority of council voted to fire City Manager Odis Jones without cause. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Missouri City is in the early stages of hiring a new city manager after a majority of council voted to fire City Manager Odis Jones without cause. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Missouri City is in the early stages of hiring a new city manager after a majority of council voted to fire City Manager Odis Jones without cause. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

GovHR USA will provide recruitment services in Missouri City’s search for a new city manager after City Council unanimously voted to hire the consulting firm during a June 15 meeting.

GovHR USA Vice President Carmen Davis presented the firm’s proposal to City Council. She will be working directly with the city throughout the search.

Council Member Jeffrey Boney said he supported hiring GovHR because he felt it is important to have a fresh start with a firm that has not done a prior search with the city.

City Council also heard presentations from Baker Tilly, which provided services during last year’s search for a city manager, and CPS HR Consulting, the firm that recently helped with the city’s director of development services and fire chief searches.

Additionally, several council members noted GovHR’s experience, commitment to diversity and utilization of social media to attract candidates.



Davis said she will work with City Council and community stakeholders to get a better understanding of the city’s challenges, opportunities, culture and expectations so she can better understand what type of city manager the city desires. This process may include community focus groups, surveys or town halls, Davis said.

“We try to uniquely shape the process to what is important to your community,” Davis said. “Each community is different, so it requires a different process.”

During the June 15 meeting, Boney said the flat rate for GovHR’s services was $23,000 plus additional costs for when firm consultants travel to the city.

Missouri City is in the process of hiring a new city manager after a majority of Council voted to terminate Odis Jones' employment without cause in April.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.



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