Category Archives: City Manager

Salerno passed over in Miami Lakes

City leaders in Miami Lakes, Fla., picked their police commander as town manager, passing over Pat Salerno, The Miami Herald reported today. Salerno is the former city manager of Sunrise, Fla., and Wichita City Council members offered him the city manager post here last summer only to have Salerno decide not to come a week before he was to start.

Salerno has been a finalist for several manager jobs since he withdrew from the Wichita job, but he has been beat-out by other candidates. Miami Lakes officials were aware of the recent censure the International City/County Management Association issued against Salerno for backing out of the Wichita job after signing a contract. But it’s unclear if that was a deciding factor.

City manager contract update

Mayor Carl Brewer threw his leg up on the sofa in his office this afternoon and relayed the basics of the on-going contract negotiations with Robert Layton, the Urbandale, Iowa city manager the council selected as Wichita’s next chief administrator. The catch, however, is that Brewer was only comfortable talking in some pretty broad terms. Read More »

Negotiations with Layton are under way

Mayor Carl Brewer said today that in-coming city manager, Robert Layton, has submitted his contract request and the city has responded with their offer, which Layton is now examining. Brewer said there’s no time line for the negotiations, but he said things are progressing well. He declined to talk about details of the request and counter offer.

For more on salaries, see The Eagle’s recent article analyzing what has happened with past managers.

Layton’s contract negotiations still await

Mayor Carl Brewer said today that he is still waiting to hear from Slavin Management Consultants to hear the contract requests of Wichita’s incoming city manager, Robert Layton. Once Layton conveys his desired salary and benefits, Slavin, who the city hired to help find a new manager, will pass that information to the city’s negotiation team, which includes Brewer, Vice Mayor Sue Schlapp and council member Paul Gray.

Brewer said, however, negotiations could start at any time. Read More »

Salerno up for job near Boston

On the same day the International City/County Management Association announced they had publicly censured Pat Salerno, the would-be Wichita city manager who backed out of his contract, he was announced as a candidate for a job in Hingham, Mass., a city of about 22,000 people about 20 miles south of Boston, the Boston Globe reported today.

The Globe reports that city selectmen will narrow a field of five candidates to two finalists today, interview them Dec. 2 and announce a new town administrator Dec. 4.

Kansans praise Scott Moore in Texas newspaper

Former Mayor Carlos Mayans praised Wichita’s interim city manager, Scott Moore, for handling tumultuous political times in City Hall with “quiet demeanor,” according to a profile by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Moore, who has received nearly universal praise since taking on a higher-profile position as interim manager, is one of two finalists vying for the city manager vacancy in Corpus Christi, a city of 285,507 on the Texas coast. In an interview with The Eagle, Corpus Christi Mayor Henry Garrett said Moore has a “good shot” at the job.

Meanwhile, Corpus Christi’s former city manager, Skip Noe, is one of five finalists for the job in Wichita. The Caller-Times reports that “some council members criticized Noe for communication problems and mismanagement of the city’s water problems.”

George Kolb up for water utility job in San Antonio

Former Wichita City Manager George Kolb is one of five finalists vying for the job as president of the San Antonio Water System, the San Antonio Express-News reports today. He and the other candidates are interviewing today, and it’s expected the field will narrow once more before a panel conducts more detailed interviews, according to the article. Read More »

Scott Moore interviews in Corpus Christi

(Here’s another piece about Moore from the Caller-Times. (Added on Oct. 28.))

Wichita’s interim city manager, Scott Moore, is being driven around Corpus Christi, Texas today as council members there evaluate their five finalists for their vacant city manager position, the Caller-Times reports.

Meanwhile, Wichita’s city manager search committee plans to narrow the field of 10 candidates down and make recommendations to city council members when they meet Wednesday. We should get a list of the finalists’ names soon after that meeting. Stay tuned.

Wichita’s interim city manager may be Texas-bound

Wichita’s interim city manager, Scott Moore, is one of five finalist vying for the city manager post in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to a story in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times today.

Moore told Wichitopekington that he’s excited about the Corpus Christi job. But he said he has been on short lists elsewhere — a product of being in touch with head hunting firms that often conduct candidate searches for mid-sized and large cities.

For more, check out The Eagle’s story.

Deltona passes over Salerno for city manager gig

City leaders in Deltona, Fla. passed over Pat Salerno and hired their city clerk as city manager, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. That leaves Salerno, who withdrew from the manager gig in Wichita after signing a contract in July, out there job hunting.

Of course, Wichita’s 17-member search committee is about to view a list of potential managers listed by a national headhunting firm Wednesday. But, somehow, we doubt Salerno will be in the mix.