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Brownsville approves funds for hiring city manager

December 6, 2017 GMT

The Brownsville City Commission is looking to hire an executive headhunter firm for the recruitment of a city manager by next week, according to Commissioner At-Large “B” Rose Gowen.

The commission approved to amend the city’s 2018 General Fund Fiscal Budget to provide $150,000 to hire a headhunter firm.

Gowen said even though the commission approved the amount to hire a firm, it doesn’t mean all the money will be used.

“So if you’re a headhunter firm, you charge for your consulting services and search services and they help you identify candidates from not just the area but potentially from all over the country that would have particular qualifications,” Gowen said.

Gowen said headhunter firms also vet candidates as well as do security checks, background checks, look into their references and help the city judge the candidates.

There is a committee in place composed of local officials. The committee includes Gowen, District 3 Commissioner Joel Munguia, District 1 Commissioner Ricardo Longoria and officials from the Brownsville Public Utilities Board, Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, Brownsville Housing Authority, Spaceport, Port of Brownsville, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation and the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.

“Our intent is to move as expeditiously as possible because we feel that the position of the city manager needs to be filled as expeditiously as possible,” Gowen said.