Marble Falls opts not to hire assistant city manager, wants a new city manager instead


MARBLE FALLS — After almost two hours in executive session March 4 to discuss the hiring of an assistant city manager, the Marble Falls City Council went in a new direction.

“We had a great deal of discussion regarding the needs, we feel the need we have is for a city manager, not an assistant city manager,” Mayor George Russell said after the executive session.

Officials had anticipated naming an assistant city manager by late February or early March. Russell said the plan now is to let acting city manager Margie Cardenas continue to wear that hat and provide her with the help she needs with the upcoming budget process.

“(And we’ll) work on doing a city manager process in the very near future,” Russell added.

Previously, the mayor said the plan had been to hire an assistant city manager, and, once he or she was hired, the council would likely name the person interim city manager. If things worked out down the road, this interim city manager would likely step into the city manager role left empty after current City Manager Ralph Hendricks suffered a serious bike injury in October.

Since his accident, Hendricks in undergoing rehabilitation but isn’t likely to return to city business anytime in the near future.

The city started the assistant city manager search earlier this year and narrowed down a large pool of applicants to six in February. The city council interviewed those six.

The council didn’t establish a timeline after the executive session.

In regards to Hendricks, city and community members are invited to attend the Ride and Run for Ralph event at 8:30 p.m. March 8 at Johnson Park, 230 S. Ave. J. People can gather for a picture that officials will then send to Hendricks. Participants don’t have to run or ride, just show up, said organizer Keith Conrad.

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