Town manager post attracts 35 applicants

Strasburg leaders could hire a new town manager later this spring or early summer.

Town Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee plans to discuss the position in closed session Monday. Town staff will begin reviewing the applications on Friday and pare down the number to those who will be interviewed by council. The committee and town staff will use a scoring system as they go through the applications, Mayor Tim Taylor explained.

The committee will present its top candidates to the full Town Council and members will then decide which applicants to interview, Taylor said. Council likely would conduct the first interviews by video conference call and then decide who they would ask to interview in person, he added.

“Our goal is still to have someone in place hopefully by July,” Taylor said.

Interest in the position appeared lower than the last time Strasburg looked for a town manager. Acting Town Manager Jay McKinley said Friday that Strasburg received 35 applications by the Feb. 13 cut-off date.

“We feel like it’s a number we can work with,” McKinley said.

Council received about 70 applications for the position four years ago.

“So it’s down a little bit from where we were before but, from looking at things, there’s quite a few qualified individuals in there,” McKinley said.

Town Manager Judson Rex resigned in early January to take the assistant city manager position in Denison, Texas. Rex worked as Strasburg’s town planner from February 2009 until July 2010 when council appointed him as acting town manager to replace Kevin Fauber. Council appointed Rex as permanent town manager in January 2011.

Town Council appointed McKinley, a 20-year employee and Strasburg’s director of public works, to serve in the interim until a permanent replacement for Rex is found.

Applications came from all over the nation, McKinley said.

Council isn’t trying to hire someone in time to craft a budget for fiscal 2016, Taylor said.

“That’s not a high priority,” Taylor said. “We’re very fortunate and we knew this when Jud was leaving that we got a real competent staff.”

Council typically begins its work on the budget in the late winter or early spring. McKinley, Finance Director Dottie Mullins and other staff are already working on the budget. In recent years, council and staff fine-tuned the budget-making process, Taylor said.

“We’re comfortable moving forward right now,” Taylor said. “We’re not going to rush anything. In other words, we want a good quality candidate and we’re hoping we’ll have a good quality candidate in this pool of applications we’ve received.”

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com