Manager search is on

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The city is one step closer to hiring a firm to assist them in finding their next city manager.

The requests for proposals from executive search firms in reference to the city manager position recruitment process have been turned in.

In April the city council created a committee of three council members to work together in narrowing down a short list of executive firm applicants with the contacts and reach to look high and low for the next city manager to lead the Island city’s business.

Council members Theresa Metty, Dennis Stahl, Alex Avalos, and Administrative Services Director Wendi Delgado have been meeting to review the proposals that have poured in since the search for a firm was made.

“They are working diligently and I expect them to bring to city council in the next week to 10 days two or three companies of which the city council will choose one,” Patel said.

This is not the city’s first rodeo with working with executive search firms to find a city manager.

A search firm was used to hire their last city manager, Bill DiLibero.

DiLibero turned in his letter of resignation two months ago the day after a regular city meeting held in April.

Patel said the city is running smoothly as it looks to hire its next administrative leader.

Patel said Interim City Manager Darla Jones has been working very well overseeing the city and its projects.

At the last city meeting Jones was given a raise meeting the base salary for the city manager’s position.