Brownwood City Council members could choose a new city manager Tuesday.
Council members have agreed on their top two choices based on interviews with five applicants last week, and will likely decide their top pick Tuesday, council member Carl McMillan said when reached at home Sunday.
He referred questions about the identity of the council’s top two choices to Mayor Bert Massey. Massey could not be reached Sunday for comment.
In July, city officials said six of the 18 individuals who applied had been chosen for interviews. They were Paul Catoe, city manager in Colorado City since July 2004; Christopher Coffman, director of local government services for the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission in Amarillo since December 2004; Gary Dumas, director of operations (deputy city administrator) in Fayetteville, Ark., since May 2001; Candi Hubert, city manager in Balch Springs since October 2004; Bobby Rountree, city manager in Goldthwaite since April 2000; and Jeffrey Thompson, who worked as city manager in Aransas Pass until November 2006.
Dumas was not interviewed because he was on vacation last week, McMillan said.
Council members are slated to discuss their choice of city manager in executive session during Tuesday’s meeting. After reconvening into open session, council members may consider “appointment of city manager,” the agenda states.
McMillan also said the council’s top two choices did not include Jeffrey Thompson of Aransas Pass. According to a May 2006 newspaper article from Aransas Pass, Thompson was named in a grand jury investigation into allegations of official oppression when he was city manager in that city.
According to the May 24 edition of the newspaper, a San Patricio County Grand Jury issued a memo critical of the city after its investigation into official oppression because of sexual harassment complaints against Thompson.
Thompson, reached by phone last month, said the situation resulted from “a nasty political fight between factions” and said there was “absolutely no truth” to allegations. He said the fight was the result of a $300 million harbor development project. He said he left City Hall in an exodus of city officials.
McMillan said another candidate not among the council’s top two choices is Kandi Hubert, city manager in Balch Springs since October 2004.