Brownwood council to consider making Crawford’s hiring as city manager official

Steve Nash
Emily Crawford

Brownwood City Council members named Emily Crawford two weeks ago as their choice for the next city manager, and they're poised to make it official Tuesday.

Council members will meet in executive session to discuss appointing Crawford as the successor to current City Manager Bobby Rountree, who retires on June 23.

Council members will reconvene into open session to consider taking action on Crawford’s appointment. “I believe we will” take that action, Mayor Stephen Haynes said.

Council members unanimously named Crawford as the lone finalist for the job on March 31, agreeing that she will be the next city manager subject to contract negotiations. Haynes said then that it was anticipated that the negotiations would be successful and that council members would be able to offer Crawford a contract at their Tuesday meeting.

Crawford currently works as executive director of the Brownwood Economic Development Corp. and also holds the title of assistant city manager.

In other business Tuesday, council members will consider entering an agreement with the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the economic development corporation to hire Retail Strategies, a consultant, for retail expansion and recruitment.

The proposed contract is for three years and the cost will be split equally between the city, chamber and BEDC, according to an agenda item briefing sheet prepared by Rountree. The cost will be $33,400 for the first year and $33,300 the following two years.

Four years ago, the three entities entered an agreement with another retail consultant, The Retail Coach, which generated many positive results from trade market analysis, trade shows and promotion of Brownwood to retailers and developers, Rountree’s briefing sheet states.

Retail Strategies will provide trade market demographics, making, site promotion and retailer and developer recruitment.