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Mayor to provide details on City Manager search

Posted at 7:14 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 20:20:05-04

Mayor Joe McComb is scheduled to provide an update on the search for a new city manager Friday morning after voicing his concerns about the public’s perception of the process.

As we’ve reported, there have been a lot of questions from the community about the candidates, the length of time it’s taken to find a new city manager and the cost of hiring a search firm.

After push back from taxpayers and the media, a formerly private list of six candidates was made public during a special-called meeting last week.

McComb has repeatedly said it’s important to trust the vetting process and let the search firm do its job researching the candidates.

“We’re moving as fast as we can,” McComb said. “We want them to do all of their due diligence, the search firm, in getting all the background checks and doing that, and so we’ve got to give them ample time to do it right. My goal is to do it right, not fast.”

KRIS 6 News uncovered several media reports about some of the six finalists. The mayor said scrutiny is not uncommon for public officials.

“Part of our responsibility is to try to determine what’s fact and what’s fiction. We live in a world today that accusations mean guilty, and that’s not the case at all,” McComb said. “So we’ve just got to make sure that the information we get is accurate and factual and not just some false accusation just to discredit someone.”

Mayor McComb said the council hopes to have a final decision on a new city manager sometime in April.

More details are expected to be released at Friday’s update. That announcement is scheduled at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi City Hall.