Still no deal on new city leader

SAN BENITO — It was a highly anticipated meeting of the City Commission.

A rather large crowd of city staff and residents gathered in the commission chambers last night in anticipation of learning whether an agreement had been reached for a new city manager.

But after last night’s meeting, the decision was still left up in the air.

Commissioners met in closed session for about 2 1/2 hours. But when they returned to open session, they had failed to reach agreement regarding Manuel De La Rosa’s con-tract.

They will be able to take the matter up again at the next meeting in two weeks, or schedule a special session.

The city has been operating under interim city manager Art Rodriguez, who also is the city’s assistant city manager.

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

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

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

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