Granite Shoals city manager search halted amid conflict on job ad
Granite Shoals took down a job listing for a new city manager soon after it was posted due to a disagreement between Mayor Aaron Garcia and the other members of the City Manager Search Committee.
The committee, which Garcia created and chairs, is meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8, to sort out a new, collaborative advertising package
Garcia approved an advertisement package for the position, which he received from executive recruitment firm Strategic Government Resources, on Jan. 10 without putting it before the committee. He announced the approval during the City Council’s regular meeting that same day.
Some city staff and council members on the search committee expressed frustration with Garcia’s decision to approve the posting without receiving input on job qualifications and parameters from the committee he formed for that purpose. They insisted the advertisement be reworked.
“Why have the committee if you’re just going to do it?” Councilor Ron Munos told DailyTrib.com. “We weren’t able to give any input into it. I personally don’t agree with some of the content, but I don’t speak for the whole committee.”
Fellow committee member and Councilor Michael Berg echoed Munos’ sentiments.
“(Garcia) put it out there himself without any input, which I think is wrong,” Berg said.
He said more work needs be done to create an effective ad and that he’d like to hear everyone’s viewpoints on what should go into the qualifications for the position, such as residence requirements, experience, educational background, and salary.
According to City Secretary Dawn Wright, Strategic Government Resources believed the entire search committee had approved the ad campaign. She filed a public information request on Feb. 3 with the city to see all correspondence between Garcia and SGR. The request has yet to be fulfilled.
“I just want Aaron to be held accountable,” she said.
Garcia told DailyTrib.com he did not mean to cause trouble.
“I can see their perspective on it, and I can understand it, totally,” he said. “There was no ill intent. We’re going to get through it and move forward.”
The mayor acknowledged that his solo approval of the ad campaign excluded his fellow committee members and councilors, but he did note that search committee members and councilors were able to give input during one-on-one interviews with SGR.
The council approved hiring SGR in October 2022 to find a new city manager. The $27,000 contract included advertising fees, which will now increase by a yet-to-be-determined amount due to the ad switch-up.
Garcia formed the City Manager Search Committee on Dec. 14, appointing himself, Munos, Berg, Wright, Fire Chief Tim Campbell, City Attorney Joshua Katz, and Police Capt. Chris Decker as members.
3 thoughts on “Granite Shoals city manager search halted amid conflict on job ad”
Mayor Garcia is also a Police Officer and, as such, a man of action. I am GLAD he’s Mayor. As to the committee not getting together before his decision, HE’S NEW at this. Give him a little time and I think GS will love him as much as Marble Falls does.
27,000+ dollar contract to find a new city manager. This is crazy. No wonder we can’t get our roads and other infrastructure fixed with spending like this. Who’s cousin owns the ad company?
This city council sure is entertaining to read about. Dysfunction, incompetence, lack of knowledge on basic government procedure…or just trying to pull a fast one and got caught? Yowzaa!
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