“We’re not looking for Superman here,” Interim City Manager Joe B. Montez told the council Tuesday evening shortly before outlining a schedule for advertising and receiving applications from candidates.
“You won’t find the perfect city manager,” he said. “Every candidate will have pluses and minuses.”
Montez said he would like to have the first posting of the vacancy in newspapers and publications this Sunday, Sept. 13. But the agenda item called for a “report” on the selection of a city manager and did not allow for action.
City Secretary Tomas P. Saenz said public notification requirements would mean the council could not formally approve the timetable and a job description before Monday.
Montez said the city should advertise the opening on Sundays and Wednesdays for three weeks in newspapers in Beeville, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and McAllen and in the Texas City Management Association publication. He said the city also should publish the notice on its own Web site and on the TCMA Web site.
Council members also made some minor changes on a job description prepared by Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten and Councilman David Carabajal.
Montez said he thought Scotten, who did the majority of the work on the description, had done an excellent job on the description.
“I’m good with it,” Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez Jr. said of the description.
Montez said the council should appoint a panel to review the resumés and cull the list of applicants down to about seven, immediately after the deadline for receiving applications. Then, he said, the panel should pare that down to three finalists and have them come to Beeville for interviews.
Councilman John Fulghum recommended that every council member sit on that panel and the other council members agreed.
Montez said the timetable for the selection process would not be something “set in concrete.” He said if the council finds an applicant it wants out of the seven semifinalists, it would be possible to hire that person immediately and save the time of conducting the interviews.
Montez said the council should make its final selection based on qualifications and then sit down to negotiate salary and a benefits package afterward.