San Benito City Commission to make official decision on appointment of city manager

SAN BENITO — Tonight, after months with an interim city manager, the City Commission will make its official decision on the appointment of Manuel De La Rosa.

De La Rosa was chosen last month as the city’s finalist for city manager.

He was selected over six other candidates, including interim city manager Art Rodriguez, who has served as assistant city manager for several years.

If he accepts, De La Rosa will replace former City Manager Manuel Lara, who died unexpectedly in July.

City officials have been quiet regarding the qualifications of the prospective city leader.

But what has been discovered was located on his LinkedIn profile.

With more than 25 years of experience in city government, mainly centering on the Austin area, his own written summary of his abilities describes him as an “innovative, result-orientated C-level executive that strongly encourages teamwork, individual performance, and a collaborative environment to achieve organizational excellence.”

It also states he is “experienced in developing and implementing cultural and change management.” It says he is “highly skilled in community visioning, having managed both rapid growth and economic recovering communities.”

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