Public survey for Leander city manager search now online


The Leander City Council is seeking input from the public through a citizen survey about the ongoing Leander City Manager search.

The survey was posted Thursday and is available online on the City of Leander’s main webpage. The survey will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, July 19.

The search is being coordinated between the Leander City Manager Task Force and the consulting firm Powell Municipal, which has former Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell as a principal. The member of the city's task force are Mayor Troy Hill, Mayor Pro Tem Chris Czernek and Council Member Jason Shaw. 

Powell Municipal will provide its services as part of its already existing consulting contract with the City of Leander, which began in early January. The firm primarily consults with whoever is in the city manager position and the mayor but will now take on additional responsibilities to help facilitate the search.

The city said that Powell Municipal accepted letters of interest and resume from candidates from late June through July 5. The process has moved through to receiving citizen comments. The task force will go through applicants in July and interview a small group of finalists in August.

A copy of the city manager job description is available on the city's website.

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.

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