Sealy city officials are moving forward with plans to bring in a permanent city manager to replace Larry Kuciemba, whose contract was terminated in late May.
Warren Escovy, the city’s planning and community development director, has been serving in the interim and has said he’s ready to go back to his previous post.
He has, however, proved himself capable as he’s led the city council through the election of a new member and adoption of the city budget and tax rate.
A major criticism of Kuciemba in his final days was that he did not live in Sealy. Escovy also lives outside the city limits. And while I think Escovy has been transparent, accessible and helpful to this newspaper, I believe him when he says he doesn’t want the permanent post.
So here’s the plan.
A brochure advertising the city manager post was finalized Sept. 19. The job was posted and ads were placed the following day. Applications were reviewed Oct. 24, and Strategic Government Resources (SGR), the recruiting firm hired by the city, is set to meet with city officials to review the applicant pool and select semifinalists on Nov. 6.
Semifinalist briefing books – including cover letters, resumes and questionnaires – go before the city Nov. 20. Online interviews will be emailed to the city Nov. 21. SGR will meet with semifinalists and facilitate a selection of finalists Dec. 4. Finalist briefing books go before the city on Dec. 20, and interviews begin in the second week of January.
We’re still kind of far away from having that permanent position filled, and I’m OK with that. Once a finalist is selected, they have to provide notice to their current employer, and possibly move from another state or city. Those things take time.
I’d like to see city council members take their time and make sure they’ve got the right person for the job. This is a job of huge importance, and Sealy is really at a crossroads in terms of development, budgeting and transportation planning. We need a person who genuinely cares about our city and wants to do right by the residents.
The Sealy News will continue to follow this story and bring our readers information about the city manager search. We urge citizens to let council members know what qualities they are looking for in a leader. We urge our city officials to make the right choice, whatever that may be, and lead our community into the future.
April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-885-3562.