Kerrville names lone finalist for next city manager
The Kerrville City Council has offered its city manager’s position to Mark McDaniel, currently an assistant city manager in Dallas, with a final vote on his contract slated for Tuesday.
“It’s going to be nice to get back to that part of the state,” McDaniel said by phone Friday from Dallas, where he’s worked for more than two years, noting he’d often visited relatives in the Hill Country.
The Council voted unanimously to offer him the job at a special meeting Wednesday after interviewing him behind closed doors for nearly four hours.
“We couldn’t ask for any better,” Mayor Bonnie White said then of McDaniel, who has more than 30 years in public service, including serving as city manager in Tyler and Woodway.
One other finalist slated for an interview, culled from about 40 applicants, withdrew.
Describing his management style as “collaborative and inclusive,” McDaniel described public service as a “noble calling.”
“I want everybody to be a part of the solution and to take ownership of their job,” he said.
If hired Tuesday, as expected, he’ll succeed Todd Parton, who led the city for seven years before resigning in October. No salary range for McDaniel was released.
Both White and McDaniel described him as a good fit for Kerrville, and visa versa.
“He has all the necessary tools,” said White, citing McDaniel’s experience with capital projects, economic development and annexation issues.
McDaniel said he’d already established a good rapport with city officials during the interview process.
“The city has a lot of great assets and it has some challenges as well,” he said, calling Kerrville “a regional hub” in the Hill Country. “I think it will be a great fit for the experiences I’ve had in other communities.”
McDaniel cast his new role as the start of a second career, and possibly the last of many job-related moves endured by his spouse of 30 years, Cindy. The couple has three grown children
“She’s followed me all over the state. Hopefully this will be the last time I ask her to move,” he said.