By Lynda Jones
During a special called meeting on Wednesday, June 11, the Crockett City Council first selected Mayor Pro Tem and Pct. 2 Councilmember Robert Meadows to be the next mayor of Crockett.
As Meadows then assumed his new duties, the council took action towards filling the position of city administrator.
At the city council's regular meeting on June 2, council members discussed comprehensive proposals received from Dallas-based Waters & Company (W&C)and Keller-based Strategic Government Resources (SGR). A third proposal, one from Austin-based Ray Associates, Inc., was received the day of the meeting, so council members voted to table a decision on the issue until Wednesday's meeting to allow more time to study all three proposals.
After Wednesday's discussion, the council voted 3-2 in favor of contracting with Ray Associates, Inc. to lead the search for viable city administrator candidates.
Pct. 1 Councilmember Chris Gunnels and Pct. 5 Councilmember Mike Marsh voted "yes" while Pct. 3 Councilmember Larry Robbins and Precinct 4 Councilmember Muriel Williams voted "no".
Meadows cast the tie-breaking vote, in favor of Ray Associates.
The firm's professional fee will be $15,000 plus "reimbursement of necessary and reasonable expenses of the search". The firm expects the engagement to take three months to complete.
If the successful candidate for the position leaves the City of Crockett within 180 days of the date of hire, Ray Associates will reinitiate the search and selection process without additional professional fees.
References included the cities of Boerne, Bastrop, Granite Shoals and Highland Village.