AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Manager Marc Ott notified the mayor and City Council Monday that he is a finalist for a job at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), based in Washington, D.C.
Ott said in the past he has declined job offers because of his “love for the city and residents of Austin,” but he found the executive director opportunity at ICMA to be “compelling.”
The city manager cited ICMA’s impact on city management as his reason for seeking the new position. The organization’s stated mission is to “create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities,” according to its website.
“I want you to know that it continues to be my highest honor and privilege to serve as the city manager of one of the world’s premier cities… And of course, I greatly value my growing relationship with each of you,” he said in the memo.
The ICMA board of directors is expected to make their decision by mid-July. Ott promised to keep the mayor and city council apprised of the recruitment process.
Last month, Ott told KXAN’s Sally Hernandez, “Whatever I’m doing, I get recruited all the time, and I don’t even talk about them. So, the status of my professional career, I guess, at this point is still a private matter.”
In April, Ott made headlines for his controversial decision to punish Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo for “insubordination.”
Ott has been the city manager for eight years.