San Marcos names second interim city manager

FILE - San Marcos City Hall (KXAN File Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
FILE - San Marcos City Hall (KXAN File Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – The city of San Marcos has named an interim city manager for the second time after previous City Manager Jared Miller left in January.

Steve Parker was named to the post late Tuesday evening.

Miller announced that he would be leaving in January after accepting a position of city manager for the city of Amarillo. That same month the City Council appointed Assistant City Manager Collette Jamison as the interim city manager.

As a new mayor himself, John Thomaides says dealing with the open position has been a challenge. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, it’s certainly not what I would have hoped for. We all enjoyed working with Jared Miller.”

Last week, Jamison decided to step down from the position for personal reasons; her resignation is effective on Wednesday. City council will discuss the next steps to filling the interim position at Tuesday night’s regular meeting and could potentially appoint an interim at that time.

“We’ll have an acting City Manager tomorrow,” said Thomaides. “We will always have someone in that position.”

Jamison tells the city that she will continue to operate as the assistant city manager and will support whoever takes the top job next.

Thomaides says he and the city of San Marcos staff will continue to make finding a permanent replacement a priority. “We’re using probably one of the best executive search firms in the country,” he said. “We are looking for someone who understands the needs of a community that has a very large university in it as well as the environmental aspects that impact San Marcos that are unique to us.”

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