Tag Archives: City Manager Marc Ott

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Marc Ott leaves Austin on a high note

Marc Ott, the city’s first African-American city manager, arrived for his first day on the job on Feb. 18, 2008. Ott’s eight-and-a-half-year tenure has weathered swift change in Austin, where the percentage of African-Americans has slipped and the city has…

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Grove memos defend city process

A lengthy series of memos defending the city’s review of the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development emerged yesterday, and it could set the stage for the case returning to City Council later this month. Attorney Jeff Howard, who…

Friday, September 2, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Hart named interim city manager

City Council on Thursday appointed the city’s chief financial officer, Elaine Hart, as interim city manager. Hart, who began her service with the city in 1980, will take over management of the city upon the departure of City Manager Marc…

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council digs into hiring process for new city manager

The candidates for Austin’s next city manager will be vetted by nearly a million people. At least, that’s how necessary City Council members and city staff have said public input is to the process of hiring Austin’s newest city manager…

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Big question for Council: Who will replace Ott?

When City Manager Marc Ott announced his resignation last week in order to take the job of executive director of the International City/County Management Association, he set in motion a chain of events that will affect Austin for years –…

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Ott announces Spencer’s retirement

City Manager Marc Ott sent a memo to City Council late Monday informing it that Betsy Spencer, the embattled director of the city’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, has decided to retire.Ott’s memo to the mayor and Council did…

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Some AE panelists reject all manager finalists

Three of eight members of an informal citizen advisory group that was created by Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members Leslie Pool and Sheri Gallo to weigh in on finalists for the Austin Energy general manager job have indicated…

Friday, February 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman, Lewis fail on Ott resolution

Conservative City Council Member Don Zimmerman and liberal attorney Fred Lewis don’t have much in common, but they both seem bent on replacing City Manager Marc Ott. Nonetheless, they failed on Thursday to persuade any of the other 10 members…

Monday, February 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Appointee evaluation plan sparks conversation

City Council weighed in on a plan for evaluating the city manager, city clerk, municipal court clerk and city auditor on Thursday. Part of that plan, as laid out by Acting Assistant City Manager Mark Washington, includes submission of standardized…

Monday, February 8, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Petitions, among other things

Pilot Knob, revisited… Over the weekend, City Council’s recent Pilot Knob deal got a lot more ink. As you might remember, the Austin Monitor first wrote about the deal, which will bring affordable housing to the planned unit development, at…

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Jo Clifton

City manager reviews 2015 as transitional year

After nearly eight years as Austin’s city manager, Marc Ott remains the most powerful man in city government. But he keeps his hands on the wheel, rarely making public comments about his job or what he sees in Austin’s future.…

Thursday, December 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Sunset proposal sparks power struggle at City Hall

Those well-versed in the language of passive aggression may have recognized City Council’s work session discussion about a new city departmental review process for what it was: a fight. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Steve Adler brought up the new Office…

Monday, December 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The time she got to Arizona

Ghosts of resolutions passed… Though city officials’ trips to Paris may have garnered all the headlines last week, City Council Member Ellen Troxclair’s trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the American City County Exchange Policy Summit sparked the most interesting question:…

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Pay raises for Ott, other appointees likely this week

City Council is likely to vote this week to give 3 percent pay raises to City Manager Marc Ott and three other employees whom Council appoints directly.For Mayor Steve Adler, it’s only fair. After Tuesday’s work session during which the items…

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Budget proposal catches Council off guard

With a city budget of $3.5 billion, there are a lot of line items that don’t get individual attention during Austin City Council’s budget talks. But on Monday, there was one Parks and Recreation Department allocation request that was curious…

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Updated: Council resolution would cut wage hike for most employees

City Council members Don Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair have crafted a resolution that would cut the proposed salary increase for the majority of city employees and save the city an estimated $6 million in next year’s budget, according to their…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Penalty cards and petitions

Eckhardt deals a new hand from a new deck… Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt introduced last week a new method for dealing with citizens whose comments during public communications might stray outside of the Travis County Commissioner Court’s wheelhouse. Perhaps with…

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Jo Clifton

One city employee dead, another in critical condition

One city employee has died and another is in critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital as a result of a collision that occurred in south Austin before noon on Monday.A late-evening memo from City Manager Marc Ott says that Robert Egan,…

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Snipes resigns

Yesterday, Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes resigned.Snipes had arranged the March training event designed to help staff deal with the deluge of female City Council members. That training drew national ridicule to City Hall and sparked widespread outrage.In a memo…

Friday, May 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Training fallout hits City Hall

Though he started the day seated on the dais, before the end of Thursday’s City Council meeting, Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes had been placed on administrative leave.The move comes after news broke that Snipes had organized a controversial training…

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