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Peter Zanoni “excited and humbled” to be next city manager

Posted at 9:41 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 22:41:54-04

San Antonio deputy city manager Peter Zanoni has been selected to be the new City Manager of Corpus Christi.

The announcement came after City Council emerged from executive session late Tuesday afternoon. The position has been vacant since Margie Rose’s resignation in May 2018.

Zanoni, 50, will receive a base salary of $300,000, Mayor Joe McComb said. His first day of work at his new job will be May 20.

Zanoni told KRIS 6 News that he has spent plenty of time in the Corpus Christi area. He said he’s visited frequently with his family over the past decade. However, he’s now ready to call the city home.

“This will be a job that I put all my energy into. It’s about making Corpus Christi a better place for myself, my family and the community,” he said.

Council members say although all four city manager candidates were strong, Zanoni stood out in a few areas. One of them was his extensive experience working for the city of San Antonio.

Speaking of the Alamo City, at-large council member Paulette Guajardo said, “A city that has grown and he’s been a part of that growth. He’s spent the last 21, 22 years in San Antonio. We’ve got a lot of similarities between the two cities.”

Council members say although all four city manager candidates were strong, Zanoni stood out in a few areas. One of them was his extensive experience working for the city of San Antonio.

Mayor Joe McComb says Zanoni’s leadership style also scored big points with the council.

“People we talked to in San Antonio were very complimentary of his work ethic and his no-nonsense approach to some issues,” McComb said.

True to that approach, Zanoni already has several tasks on his to-do list. He says his first will be addressing the structure at city hall.

“[I’m] trying to build a strong team in all areas, but focused first on Development Services, on our streets and infrastructure and some of those other areas that impact the quality of life of the residents of Corpus Christi,” Zanoni said.

Zanoni’s employment agreement with the city will include a 5 percent raise on his first anniversary, a vehicle allowance of $7,200 per year, a cell phone allowance of $840 and a $19,000 annual payment into the city’s retirement fund.

The new city manager also will be given up to $16,000 in moving and relocation expenses to help him establish a residence in Corpus Christi.