Search underway for new SPI city manager

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – The search for a city manager is on.

But first, the city must hire an executive search firm to help find a new leader to handle the Island’s city business.

“I think it’s a good process,” said SPI mayor Barry Patel. “We’ve done it before, and it went well.”

Patel said the last search for a city manager drew more than 90 applicants and many of them were very qualified.

“Hopefully we’ll have the same kind of response, and we’ll get somebody good,” Patel said.

During Wednesday’s city meeting, a committee of three council members was formed to work together to find the executive search firm.

Council members Dennis Stahl, Theresa Metty and Alex Avalos will be leading the search for the firm who will help find the next city manager.

The council also agreed on a salary range of $120,000 to $160,000 to bait qualified and potential applicants.

“If a rock star comes in, that’s enough to get their attention,” Stahl said.

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