City narrows interim post to Morton, Snyder

  

Through a Freedom of Information request, the Bay City Tribune has learned that Richard Morton Jr. and Mindi Snyder have been selected as the two finalists for the interim Bay City Manager position.

Morton is a 1987 graduate of Texas A&M University and served as city manager for the city of Odessa from 2002 to 2017. The Odessa City Council fired Morton in a 3-2 vote after a heated meeting that raised the ire of the citizens of Odessa.

Snyder, a 1988 graduate of Texas Christian University, served as city manager for El Campo from 2010 to 2019.

Snyder resigned the El Campo city manager post in April of 2019 after serving in the position for eight years.

Bay City Human Resources Director Rhonda Clegg informed city council during last Thursday’s regular meeting that 14 applicants had applied for the interim post with the city. From that list, a committee including Bay City Mayor Robert Nelson and Mayor Pro-Tem Jason Childers reduced it down to the final two.

Through the FOI request, the list of the 14 applicants for the post included:

• Michael Boese

• Kennie Downing

• Larry Kuciemba

• Lloyd Calvin

• Matthew Haus

• Lee Elliott

• James Miller

• Rick Chaffin

• John Washburn

• Susan Lang

• Michael Hutson

• Mindi Snyder

• Sammy Ragsdale

• Kelli Truver

• Richard Morton, Jr.

 Interviews are expected to be scheduled following the July 4 holiday.

“We will be setting up the interviews ASAP,” Clegg said to council members.

Bay City Council Member Bill Cornman said he is hoping that the city will have a recommendation for the interim city manager post by the next city council meeting. 

In other action, city council members discussed the possibility of moving future city council meetings to Tuesday nights instead of the present Thursday evenings. 

Bay City Council Member Julie Estlinbaum said this move is being presented due to council members missing a lot of city civic activities that are currently scheduled for Thursday evenings. 

“We are talking about moving meetings to Tuesday nights with a start time of 6 p.m.,” Estlinbaum said. 

Estlinbaum added that this action, if approved, would not begin until the October meetings. 

Council voted to table the issue since Bay City Council Member Jason Childers was not present at the Thursday meeting and wanted his input into the matter as well. 

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