NOLANVILLE — The city is on track to select its next city manager after selecting four finalists from a pool of 15 candidates at an Aug. 11 workshop.
Council members will interview the candidates during executive session at Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the J.W. Sims Community Center.
From there, the council will narrow the field down again to two or three candidates before making a final decision, Mayor Christina Rosenthal said.
“I’d be tickled if we could hire someone by Oct. 1,” Mayor Pro Tem Dave Brackmann said during the workshop.
City Secretary Crystal Briggs said she received another resume this week that she may also submit to the council, but as it stands, the finalists are Kim Foutz of Temple, Michael Gaspard of Nolanville, Kandi Hubert of Aransas Pass and Philip Rodriguez of Fate, a small town in Rockwall County.
A fifth finalist declined the city’s offer, Briggs said.
With five positions up for grabs in the November election, including mayor, only one candidate filed as of Wednesday.
Councilman Dennis Biggs is running for mayor. Biggs was an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission before he was elected to the council in 2012.
“This is the next logical step for me to continue helping the city,” Biggs said Tuesday.
Rosenthal confirmed Wednesday that she will not seek re-election.
Rosenthal, who plans to move to either Little River-Academy or Troy with her family next summer, said she would not exchange her time as mayor for anything.
“I matured as an individual, and I learned a lot — from (former City Manager Stephen) Pearl, other council members, surrounding city officials. I love Nolanville, I really do,” Rosenthal said. “I hope that whoever takes my place keeps things rolling and keeps a smile. That’s one thing — you’ve got to keep a smile.”
Biggs’ seat will also be on the ballot in November, along with Seats 2, 3 and 4 — currently held by David Escobar, Marlene Fey and Ernesto Servan.
All four incumbents are eligible for re-election.
Candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday to file at Nolanville City Hall, 100 N. Main St.
If not enough candidates file, Briggs said, the council will have to appoint someone to complete the terms.
“I’m hoping we’ll get people to run for those four vacancies,” she said.
Since Pearl’s July 18 resignation, the city has seen some hardships as Briggs takes on city manager duties in addition to her own responsibilities.
At an Aug. 7 meeting, council members voted unanimously to postpone the third annual Nolanville Trainwhistle Jamboree, originally scheduled for September, until next spring.
“I don’t have the personnel or support,” Briggs said last week.
The council initially mulled canceling the jamboree, but protests from residents prompted the decision to postpone it until April, at the earliest.
“Last year, everybody thought it was awesome,” Nolanville resident Deborah King-Biggs said. “We know how poor our community is, and this is the only annual event that’s free.”