The Austin City Council is expected today to select city manager candidates who would come back to Austin for a third round of interviews next week, after a rocky process marked by subterfuge, a lawsuit and van escapes.
The Statesman unmasked five candidates for city manager who interviewed during a first round, as council members tried to keep the candidates’ identities secret by abruptly moving their Nov. 2 interviews to the airport behind federal checkpoints. The Statesman is suing city leaders for leaving their posted meeting location and for refusing to comply with a public information request about the process.
After the drama, the council reversed its previous vote to keep the entire process a secret and released six finalists’ names. They are expected to narrow that list today and possibly allow the final-round candidates to meet with members of the public.
Also before the council: Approval of a Visit Austin marketing plan, after the convention and visitors bureau drew criticism for its spending on alcohol and entertainment; a final waiver of $6.8 million in fees for a Texas Capitol Complex that would shut down part of North Congress Ave; and a re-do of a vote on a Northwest Austin apartment complex after a judge overturned the council’s 2016 approval due to a Texas Open Meetings Act violation.