Tag Archives: City Manager Spencer Cronk

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Tovo crafts complex motion for HealthSouth talks

At today’s meeting, City Council will finally consider negotiating an exclusive agreement with Aspen Heights Partners for the company to lease and redevelop the city-owned HealthSouth property at 1215 Red River and 606 E. 12th St. Council Member Kathie Tovo…

Friday, January 8, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Manager Spencer Cronk: Operating smoothly under extraordinary circumstances

As the person in charge of making sure things run smoothly at the city, City Manager Spencer Cronk has had a year that underscores his gratitude for the people he works with. Cronk attributes a lot of the city’s effectiveness…

Friday, December 11, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Cronk proud of city’s accomplishments in 2020

By many metrics, this year has been a difficult one for the city of Austin. The pandemic has played a role in the local unemployment spike, led to a number of permanent business closures and strained the city’s medical staff.…

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Adler, Pool voice support for cadet class this spring

With Austin police officers either retiring or simply quitting the force in record numbers this year, Mayor Steve Adler told his colleagues at Tuesday’s City Council work session that he really wants to have a cadet class this spring. Council…

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Staff memo spells out options, tight time frame for Council’s push for active transit bond

City staff members have expressed concern to City Council over direction to put together a bond proposal for the November election that would look to generate $750 million to fund sidewalks, trails and other “active transportation” improvements. Last week Council…

Friday, June 26, 2020 by Jo Clifton

With virus surging, Cronk revises return-to-work plan

City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Thursday that he was postponing reintegrating city employees back into the workplace for a month due to concerns about the increase in Covid-19 cases. Instead of starting on June 29, the first phase is now…

Friday, June 19, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will keep his job, city says, despite calls for his removal

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will stay in his position, a city spokesperson confirmed in an email Thursday. “I have had very pointed conversations with Chief Manley over the last several weeks,” City Manager Spencer Cronk said in the email.…

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Spencer Cronk

2019 accomplishments: Laying the groundwork for the future

In the final week of 2019, Austin celebrated its 180th birthday. The city has changed a lot since its foundation in 1839. While some things inevitably change as a city grows and evolves, we remain dedicated to our community’s vision…

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Cronk names team, spells out process for land use code rewrite

City Manager Spencer Cronk has selected the team that will handle the creation and adoption of the city’s new land use code, with the goal of completing the process by the end of 2019. In a memo issued Tuesday, Cronk…

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Cronk announces final assistant managers, filling safety and mobility posts

A current assistant city manager and a newcomer to City Hall have been selected as the newest assistant city managers as part of a realignment of top city staff under City Manager Spencer Cronk. On Tuesday, the city announced the…

Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

City budget boosts spending for homelessness services

The new city manager and City Council agree: The city needs more money to address the homelessness situation. The proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget submitted by City Manager Spencer Cronk includes $3.1 million in new spending on homelessness-related services. That’s…

Monday, July 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Cronk wants to change assistant city managers

City Manager Spencer Cronk announced via memo to department directors on Friday that he plans to make major changes in the city manager’s office. Cronk said he was appointing Chief Financial Officer Elaine Hart, who served as interim city manager…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Soccer games

Bound for Cow Town?… Another new wrinkle in Austin’s (never-ending?) professional soccer saga developed slowly last week after ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman opined, during a segment on Sacramento recently losing out on a Major League Soccer expansion bid, that…

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Overheard, signs of the times

And on and on… Last week brought a tentative update to the ongoing labor negotiations with the Austin Police Association. Those negotiations resumed after City Council voted against a proposed contract in December. Since then, police have been operating without…

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Manley lays out vision for Austin Police in interview with public for permanent chief job

A week ago, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley was tapped by City Manager Spencer Cronk as the sole finalist to be the city’s new permanent police chief, and now Cronk and the city are engaged in a public input process…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Manager Spencer Cronk settles in

City Manager Spencer Cronk already has allergies. “When I first moved here, they hit me hard. I’ve never had allergies in my life,” he explained. “I haven’t gone to the doctor yet, but I’m pretty sure I either broke or…

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by KUT News

Brian Manley is the sole finalist to lead the Austin Police Department permanently

Austin is one step closer to getting a new police chief. City Manager Spencer Cronk said Brian Manley is the sole candidate to take over the reins at the Austin Police Department. Manley served as the longtime second-in-command to his…

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

Will Manley be made police chief? City manager remains mum

In spite of the praise he has received from city leaders for his response to the Austin bombings, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley is not necessarily a shoo-in to be the next permanent police chief. City Manager Spencer Cronk is…

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