After months of work, the search for a College Station city manager is almost over.
College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said the search began sometime in late May, soon after the unexpected loss of former city manager Frank Simpson.
"It was a great loss for our community, his family and the city," said Berry.
Berry said the list has been narrowed down to four candidates, but to get to this point took months of work. Berry said the first step was to hire a search firm for governmental executives.
"There were close to 40 applicants that applied," said Berry.
Berry said she, along with council members John Nichols and Julie Schultz, eventually narrowed the list down to eight candidates. Those candidates then answered some questions via video-taped interview. In the end, four candidates were left standing.
Berry said the candidates will appear before council next week to be interviewed. After that, Berry said the group will meet with city department heads.
Berry said it's a tough job to fill, and has high expectations for whoever fills the seat.
"I expect a city manager to have high energy, have a vision, to be a people person and to have a strong understanding of city government," said Berry.
Berry said Kathy Merrill, the current interim city manager, asked not to be considered for the position.
Here's a quick look at the candidates:
· 2012-present: City Manager, Missouri City, Texas
· 2005-2011: City Manager, Hutto, Texas
· 2001-2005: City Manager, Navasota, Texas
· 2000-2001: Assistant City Manager, Woodway, Texas
· 1997-2000: Assistant to the City Manager, College Station
Master of Public Administration, Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Arts, History, Texas A&M University
· Present: Consultant to City of Farmers Branch
· 2006-2012: Deputy City Manager, McKinney, Texas
· 2000-2006: City Manager (and Assistant City Manager), Roswell, Ga.
· 1998-2000: City Manager, Griffin, Ga.
· 1993-1998: City Manager, Mount Pleasant, Texas
· 1990-1993: City Manager (and Assistant City Manager), Lampasas, Texas
Master of Urban Affairs, Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Science, Political Science, The University of Texas-Tyler
· Present: Interim Deputy City Manager, Galveston, Texas
· 2006-2013: City Manager, New Braunfels, Texas
· 1996-2006: Assistant City Manager, Abilene, Texas
· 1988-1996: Director of Economic Development, Abilene, Texas
· 1985-1988: Community Development Administrator, Abilene, Texas
Master of Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts, Economic Geography/Industrial Location, University of Florida, Gainesville
· 2011-present: City Manager, Seabrook, Texas
· 2007-20011: Deputy City Manager, Seabrook, Texas
· 2004-2007: Principal, IPS Group, planning/development consultancy
· 2002-2004: Director of Development Services, College Station
· 1996-2002: Director of Planning, Auburn, Ala.
· 1994-1996: Director of Planning/Historic Preservation Administrator, Oxford, Ohio
· 1993-1994: Director of Planning, Seabrook, Texas
Master of Urban & Regional Planning, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Environmental Design, Texas A&M University