CLEAR LAKE SHORES

Clear Lake Shores has been without a city administrator since February, and the search for a new person for the job will begin today.

The search for a new city administrator comes after council members voted to end the employment of City Administrator George Jones in February. Jones was being paid around $93,000 for his position, city officials said.

Council members have alluded that Jones has been ill and that Mayor Michael McNamara has been doing much of his job since November 2017.

The consensus was that one city employee would be hired to handle both the administrative duties and economic development tasks, council members previously said.

McNamara would not comment on the specific details of the city administrator search, only adding that Jones was not terminated but given a separation package.

“As far as what is already public, the city did offer him a separation deal,” he said. “At the meeting tomorrow, it’s a formal ratification of the deal, so that should close that out.”

After the meeting, the city will release a formal statement on the search process and any corresponding details, McNamara said.

The search process will additionally receive help from Ron Cox Consulting, McNamara said.

“Ron Cox is a consultant, he was the city manager for Friendswood for awhile,” he said. “We got a proposal from him to help us in the search for a new city administrator.”

Finding a new city administrator is a daunting task, Mayor pro tem Amanda Fenwick said.

“It’s been hard,” she said. “George was a great asset to the city and knowledgeable. For Mike to come in and step up kind of speaks to how he operates and the qualities he takes on.”

The council does need to have a conversation before an executive search starts, Fenwick said.

“I want to hear from my council members on what they want from a city administrator,” she said. “It’s going to be very large shoes to fill.”

Connor Behrens: 409-683-5241; connor.behrens@galvnews.com.

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Before coming to work for The Daily News as a staff reporter, Connor worked for us as a freelance correspondent throughout 2017. He has written for other publications such as the Washington Post.

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