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Friday, December 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Cronk reflects on first year in Austin

Less than a year after taking over as Austin’s city manager, Spencer Cronk calls himself “the luckiest person in the world.” He recognizes the many challenges Austin faces, but city administration is what he has chosen to do with his…

Monday, December 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Reporters’ Notebook: On tacos and cities

Bullish on tacos… Anyone who’s heard Mayor Steve Adler invoke his civic pride at events over the past four years has undoubtedly heard him praise the availability and variety of breakfast tacos as a badge of honor for the city.…

Friday, October 19, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Casaday scolds Council over lack of contract

The president of the Austin Police Association lashed out at City Council during Thursday’s meeting over the city’s failure to reach an agreement with the union over police officers’ pay and benefits.“I want everybody on the Council to know that…

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Judge considers dismissing police union suit

Attorneys for the city sparred with attorneys for the Austin Police Association, its president Ken Casaday and police Sgt. Robert Miljenovich during a court hearing Monday over whether the police union’s suit against various city officials should be dismissed without…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Cronk says he just wants to get to know us

In a brief meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Austin’s new city manager, Spencer Cronk, showed himself to be affable and articulate, but he resisted all efforts to pin him down on questions about several topics, including the contract with the…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Here’s what the new city manager’s salary and benefits could look like

When incoming City Manager Spencer Cronk moves to Austin next month, he’ll have some help.City Council members are scheduled to vote next week on a compensation package for Cronk, who comes to Austin from Minneapolis and starts on Feb. 12.When…

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Memo outlines ‘downtown puzzle’ progress headed into 2018

Work on Mayor Steve Adler’s “downtown puzzle” policies package will be almost certainly put on hold until the spring when newly hired city manager Spencer Cronk will be able to study and work on how to execute the proposal.That was…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Stephanie Federico

Council selects Minneapolis official Spencer Cronk as new city manager

City Council unanimously selected Spencer Cronk to be the next city manager.Cronk has been the Minneapolis city administrator since 2014. Before that, he worked for New York City’s Department of Small Business Services.“Austin is fortunate to have Spencer Cronk as…

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Cronk, Lazarus vie for city manager job

Each of the two finalists for the job of Austin city manager, Howard Lazarus and Spencer Cronk, did his best to convince a small crowd gathered at the Austin Convention Center last night, as well as an unknown number of…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin’s two city manager finalists: Howard Lazarus and Spencer Cronk

The seemingly interminable search for Austin’s next city manager has finally been winnowed down to two applicants for the job.On Thursday, Stephen Newton of consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates, which City Council hired to lead the candidate search, recommended that…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council reveals six finalists for city manager position

After getting heat for keeping candidates’ identities secret and evading reporters, City Council has released the names of six finalists for the city manager position.Mayor Steve Adler published the names and biographies to the Council Online Message Board Monday afternoon.The…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: Looking for the next city manager with Elizabeth Findell

This week, Austin American-Statesman reporter Elizabeth Findell sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard and editor Elizabeth Pagano to talk about the (sometimes very exciting) search for Austin’s next city manager. Though City Council voted to release the names…

Friday, November 10, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Public to meet manager candidates after all

After months of insisting on keeping the names of all city manager candidates secret, Steve Newton of Russell Reynolds Associates announced during Thursday’s City Council meeting that the names of the finalists would become public on either Friday or Monday.In…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council flees posted meeting place for interviews

City Council continued to try to hide the names of candidates for city manager on Thursday, taking the unusual and possibly illegal step of leaving the location advertised for its executive session with the candidates and meeting in a place…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

As talks end, EMS union, city at stalemate

Unlike the unions for police officers and firefighters, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association could not reach an agreement with city of Austin management on Monday. Employees will continue to work under civil service rules, but there is…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

AFSCME supports Hart as city manager

The city employees union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has sent a letter to Mayor Steve Adler requesting that City Council consider hiring Interim City Manager Elaine Hart as Austin’s permanent city manager.In the letter, which…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council will soon interview city manager candidates

In the next month, City Council will likely interview six to eight finalists to be the next city manager during two meetings that will be closed to the public.In a Tuesday discussion with Steve Newton of Russell Reynolds Associates, the…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The search for a new city manager with Laura Huffman

This week, Laura Huffman, the chair of the City Manager Search Advisory Task Force, sits down with Austin Monitor editor Liz Pagano to talk about that search, how it’s going and why it’s so darn important anyway. Audio of the…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Use your judgment

Judge judging the judge… It seems not everyone is a fan of County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s iron-fisted management of Travis County Commissioners Court meetings. Her refusal last week to allow Commissioner Jeff Travillion to interject a question in the middle…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Task force dives into city manager search

The task force in charge of helping to write the job description for Austin’s next city manager hopes to stay involved in the process of picking the eventual hire, even though, as of now, the group is set to dissolve…

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