BEEVILLE — City Council members appointed former Corpus Christi City Manager Marvin Townsend as Beeville’s interim city manager after a two-hour executive session Tuesday night.
Townsend was one of three men interviewed for the position behind closed doors. The applicants had been brought to Beeville by Don Davis, one of the principals of Texas First.
The company locates retired city managers to stand in temporarily while city councils look for someone to fill the position permanently.
Councilman John Fulghum made the motion to hire Townsend after the interviews and a short meeting with Davis. The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Libby Spires. Mayor David Carabajal and Councilman Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez voted in favor of the motion.
Councilman George P. “Trace” Morrill III was not at the meeting.
Townsend will replace City Secretary Barbara Treviño, who had been given the temporary appointment to the position six weeks ago.
Treviño had agreed to take on the position for only two weeks but it had taken the council longer to find candidates who could potentially replace her until a long-term city manager could be hired.
Townsend comes to the position with considerable experience. He was city manager in Corpus Christi from the late 1960s until 1982. He then served as the city manager of Laredo until 1989.
In 1990, Townsend went to work with the Texas Municipal League’s Intergovernmental Risk Pool. He stayed in that position until last year.
Townsend is semi-retired. He will start the job Monday morning.
Council members also approved a contract with Texas First.
Before going into execution session, the council voted to amend the contract with Roland Berrera, who oversees the city’s health insurance program.
Barrera will see his monthly stipend increase from $400 to $1,300, as agreed earlier.
That move came after Director of Finance Caron Vela assured the council that the increase had been included in this fiscal year’s budget.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.