The partnership between the Austin 10-ONE City Council and the City Manager is the most important building block of successful policy making and implementation. Austin is part of one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country. The opportunities and challenges associated with this growth must be addressed quickly to ensure we preserve the special character of our city to ensure we grow with grace.
The selection of the next City Manager is the most important decision the Austin City Council will make. The process that leads up to the final decision should start with you, flow through your community, travel throughout Austin, and broadly across the country. This is your opportunity to help shape this important decision.
On April 13, 2017, the Austin City Council created The City Manager Search Advisory Task Force to develop and conduct a community engagement process intended to shape a candidate profile for the next city manager. The Mayor and Council are committed to engaging our community in identifying the kinds of skills, abilities, experience and personal characteristics the next City Manager should possess. Collecting this input on the front end of the process is critical because your input will inform the subsequent recruiting process, help define the candidate pool, and serve as a guide to narrow that pool to the semi-finalists.
The Task Force is responsible for the first stage of a three-phase process that will be utilized by the City Council to select a new City Manager. In this first phase, the Task Force will independently collect public input and, based on the input, develop and submit recommendations to the City Council.
In the second phase, Russell Reynolds Associates, the City’s selected recruitment firm, will develop the recruitment brochure using the feedback from the Task Force to recruit qualified candidates for consideration. In the final phase, the Austin City Council will deliberate and select a new City Manager.
To ensure the Task Force fulfills our commitment to the community, we recieved feedback from June 6th - July 5th on three critical questions that the recruiter will use to develop the profile for our next City Manager.
Thank you for your time and for your insights. Please know that your feedback is meaningful and will become a part of the criteria we use to create the profile for our next city manager. If you would like to attend one of our City Manager Search Advisory Task Force Meetings and provide your feedback in public, we will be hosting four Task Force Meetings for stakeholders to provide input on the profile for the next City Manager:
Friday, June 16, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Spring, Assembly Room, Room 130
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers
Saturday, July 8, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers