Copperas Cove city council edges closer to city manager hire: special council meeting set for Tuesday morning


Cove Leader-Press


The Copperas Cove city council is one step closer to hiring a new city manager, with a special council meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning at 8:30 in the council chambers. The meeting is an executive, or closed, session in accordance with Texas Government Code.

The agenda is described as a discussion “regarding search and selection of a City Manager, to include evaluation of applications and discussion of potential city manager candidate(s), and consultation with legal counsel pursuant to Chapter 551.071 of the Texas Government Code regarding the same.”

Strategic Government Resources, the executive search firm hired by the council in November 2018, has listed on its website of current searches in process that finalists have been selected for the position of city manager in Copperas Cove.

The Leader-Press will provide an update in Friday’s publication of any announcement by the council after Tuesday smorning’s meeting.

The position of city manager has been vacant since the resignation of Andrea Gardner in February 2018, when she became city manager of the city of Watauga. Ryan Haverlah, the city’s budget director and deputy city manager, has been serving as interim city manager as appointed by the council.

Tuesday morning's meeting is the first of several this week on the calendar for both the council and the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation board of directors.

On Tuesday afternoon, the council will meet again at 2:30 p.m. for a special joint workshop with the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation board of directors for discussion and direction and planning for the CCEDC.

The EDC will also hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at noon. Among the items on the board’s agenda include a presentation on the EDC’s fiscal year 2018 annual financial report, as well as a discussion of submitting the EDC’s proposed fiscal year 2019-2020 budget to the city council. The EDC has an executive session on the agenda which will include discussion of financial or other incentives for two economic development prospects dubbed “Project Coral” and “Project Bullwhacker.”

Each of the meetings are open to the public and will take place at the city’s Technology Center, located at 508 S. 2nd St.


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