COPPERAS COVE — With the city manager job posted on the internet, the City Council is moving toward replacing Andrea Gardner.
Until a permanent replacement is hired, Ryan Haverlah will remain as interim city manager.
During a special meeting of the City Council on Monday evening, the council members adjourned into a closed executive session that lasted almost an hour.
Reconvening in open session, Mayor Frank Seffrood announced that no decision had been made during the closed session, and there was no need for the council to hold a vote before adjourning.
No vote may have been needed, but more transpired in the closed session than Seffrood announced.
“The mayor should have announced that Ryan Haverlah is staying as interim city manager,” said Councilman Charlie Youngs after the meeting.
Haverlah was appointed interim city manager by the council Jan. 30, after Gardner submitted her resignation Jan. 16.
Gardner’s last day as city manager is Friday.
Youngs explained the city councilmen reviewed five resumes for the interim city manager position during the council’s closed session Monday, but put that consideration on hold since the city manager job was posted on the internet by Cove Human Resources director Jeff Davis on Feb. 9.
The job is posted on the Texas Municipal League website — https://tml.careerwebsite.com/job/city-manager/39356624/ — where applicants with the proper qualifications can click to apply.
Those qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration, political science, business management or related field and at least three years experience as a municipal administrator.
The posting does not make any reference to the job’s salary.
Gardner, who has been Cove’s city manager since 2007, had an annual salary of $157,601, as reported Jan. 5 by the Texas City Management Association.
Youngs would like to see a uniform rating system created, so as the councilmen begin to review the resumes — possibly beginning at their next meeting on Feb. 20 — they can “grade” the candidates on a scale of 1 to 5.
No date has been set as a deadline for selecting a new city manager.