One Month of Talks, Zero Bryan City Managers

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After a month of discussion, there is still no decision in the search for Bryan's new city manager.

The city council met in executive session for about an hour-and-a-half Tuesday afternoon and decided they needed still more time to talk things over. No special sessions on this topic were set by the council after today's meeting, though there is a regularly-scheduled meeting a week from Tuesday.

The council originally said they hoped to have a new city manager in place by October.

Tuesday afternoon's meeting all-but brings to an end a long month for the council, which began with the selection of four finalists for the job. Huntsville City Manager Kevin Evans was among the four, but withdrew his name from contention.

A fourth finalist was added to the group after meetings on the August 18 and 19. After two more executive sessions on August 26 and 29, there is still no final choice.

The candidates are:

-Garry Brumback, an assistant city manager in Clearwater, Florida
-Theo Vaults, a manufacturing manager from Tomball
-Joey Dunn, one of Bryan's deputy city managers
-David Watkins, former manager in Auburn, Alabama.

Watkins is also one of six finalists for an assistant city manager spot in College Station. Those candidates met with city officials and councilmembers Tuesday.

The Bryan selection would replace Mary Kaye Moore, who retired from her post in February. Kean Register, an employee of BTU, has been serving as acting city manager, but has declined to take the job permanently.