City Manager interview date scheduled for final candidates

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 3:03 PM CST
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Just one week away from completing a full year since the last City Manager, Horacio De Leon, suddenly stood up and announced his resignation during a city council meeting- a committee has announced they have 5 people they recommend for the position.

After hiring Slavin Consultants and opening the position for people across the nation to apply, we are told the names of the five remaining applicants. They include:

Samuel K. Selman

Robert A. Eads

Gilbert T. Perales

Jose R. Madrigal

Corby D. Alexander Sr.

Two of those names might sound familiar to Laredoans. Robert Eads is one of the current co-assistant City Managers and Keith Selman worked with the City of Laredo as City Planning Director for fifteen years.

Chairman for the City Manager Search Committee, Gery Schebel, says the interviews will be conducted in 2 weeks.

"The 29th is the date, it's going to be a long day for the five candidates. Based on how those interviews go, then we'll determine how we move forward for the recommendations to the city council. We need to then schedule a date when we would meet with the council and schedule the recommendations."

During their meeting today, the committee discussed how the interviews will be conducted, which include 9 questions that each of the committee members will bring up to the applicants. The topics range in transportation and trade, environmental issues, economic development, and education, just to name a few.

The recommendations will now head to city council to discuss, which could include adding other directives for the committee.

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