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Council affirms Ott’s tenure after “challenging and successful” year

Friday, May 1, 2009 by Austin Monitor

The City Council came out of a 90-minute closed session performance review around 11pm last night to give City Manager Marc Ott a glowing recommendation but the same salary as last year, about $242,000.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Brewster McCracken made the motion, noting the salary was a reflection of the current hard economic times, rather than Ott’s performance over the last year. McCracken added he was proud Ott was Austin’s city manager and that he was doing an excellent job. Chiming in, Mayor Will Wynn added to that praise, saying that it had been “a challenging and very successful managerial year,” and noting some positive changes Ott made in the city’s organizational chart.

 

Council Member Mike Martinez added his thoughts, saying Ott had led the city well by closing the city’s budget gap in a tough fiscal year. And, finally, Council Member Sheryl Cole praised Ott’s outreach effort, saying that the African American community especially was proud of Ott’s performance. The salary resolution passed on a unanimous vote of Council, 7-0.

 

Ott became Austin’s first African American city manager on Feb. 18, 2008.

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