Leander City Council

Leander City Manager finalist withdraws

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The Leander City Council's finalist candidate in its search for a new City Manager has withdrawn from the search "due to personal reasons," according to a release from the the City of Leander. 

The council voted unanimously Tuesday night to name The Colony, Texas City Manager Troy Powell as the finalist in their search. Powell notified the city Thursday about his withdrawal.

"The Council wishes Mr. Powell and his family well and will continue the process of selecting an outstanding new city manager from a pool of highly-qualified candidates," the city's release said.

The council interviewed two candidates Tuesday before announcing its selection. Those candidates were narrowed down out of a pool of 95 applicants by the City Manager Task Force the council appointed in June 6, which consisted of Leander Mayor Troy Hill, Mayor Pro Tem Chris Czernek and Council member Jason Shaw.

The Task Force worked in coordinate with Powell Municipal, which has a contract with the city. The consulting firm solicited public input through a public survey posted the City of Leander's website that ran from July 11 to July 19.

The city has not yet announced the next dates its continuation of the City Manager search process.

The search for a new city manager follows the sudden firing of former City Manager Kent Cagle on May 20. The cause of Cagle's termination remains unclear and neither the city nor the city council has given an explanation, though Hill posted on social media that the "Council felt we needed a new direction."

That post has since been deleted.

Cagle filed a lawsuit against the city Aug. 9  in Travis County District Court is seeking more than  $1 million and alleging a breach of contract for the city's failure to pay his severance and unlawful retaliation under the Texas Whistleblower Act for reporting another city official's actions to law enforcement.

Gordon Pierce is currently serving as Interim City Manager during the transition period.

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