Search underway for next Austin City Manager

FILE - Austin skyline (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
FILE - Austin skyline (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The selection for a new city manager is underway after Marc Ott resigned earlier this month.

Mayor Steve Adler will meet with the City Council on Thursday to begin their nationwide search to find the best candidate for the city of Austin. They will cast a wide net across the country and look for the person with outstanding community engagement.

City Council members will each select a person who will help their search in a designated group of 11 people. The group will assist the council by narrowing down the pool of semi-finalists. Ultimately, the decision is up to the Council who will make the final ruling.

The public will also have an opportunity to weigh in on the next city leader. The community will be asked what they expect from a city manager. Austinites will be given the chance to tell the council what issues are most important for them to be addressed by the city manager.

After eight years on the job, Ott decided to leave and accept a new job with the International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C. However, Ott won’t officially empty out his desk until Oct. 30.

While a decision won’t be reached on Thursday, the council may appoint a temporary city manager. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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