LAMPASAS — Almost a year after firing the city manager, the Lampasas City Council is restarting its quest to fill the position.
Though the council reached the negotiation stage with David Vela, deputy city manager in Abilene, an agreement could not be reached between Vela and the city’s attorney, so the position is again open.
“It is challenging,” said Stacy Brack, who has performed the city manager duties and her responsibilities as city secretary since March, when the former interim, Kim Wilde, left. “We need the help.”
Wilde started his interim position in Lampasas in October 2011 and even submitted an application to become the full-time city manager before deciding to pursue other opportunities.
The city’s agreement to work with Campbell Business Consultants started in March. Payment to the firm is contingent on whether it finds a candidate the city ultimately hires.
“I’m making direct contact through email, phone calls or meeting in person,” said James Campbell, executive consultant for the firm. “I’ve contacted at least 50 potential candidates. There are a few I contacted originally who are now interested, and there are some new prospects who have expressed interest.”
A job ad on the Texas Municipal League website states the position requires a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration or a related field, though a master’s degree is preferred, and at least 10 years of experience as a city manager or assistant city manager, including experience working in a city with an electric utility.