City manager search moves forward

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The Sealy City Council is reviewing 11 applications from hopefuls who want to serve as the next city manager, and a reception is planned in January so the community has a chance to vet them.

More than 30 applications were submitted, and the pool was narrowed to a dozen last month. One candidate has since dropped out.

A smaller group of four to six finalists will be selected for interviews the second week of January, followed by the public reception.

The contract of former City Manager Larry Kuciemba was terminated in late May. Warren Escovy, the city’s planning and community development director, has been serving in the interim. In an interview with The Sealy News on Monday, Escovy maintained that he still does not want the permanent position but would like to be involved in the decision-making process. Ultimately, it’s the city council that does the hiring and firing of the city manager, but they listen to recommendations from staff..

“We’ve got some good applicants,” Escovy said. “There’s a couple that I really like.”

Not all of the finalists are currently employed, and some are active city managers or assistant city managers. The search was conducted by Kristin Navarro of Strategic Government Resources. Fees were waived, but the city is responsible for reimbursing SGR for things like travel and lodging.

Escovy said he expects a person will be permanently in place by “roughly March 1.”

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