Fort Worth ‘casting wider net’ in city manager search

Posted Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

The City Council launched a new search for a city manager in executive session Tuesday, a week after rejecting the first four finalists.

Mayor Betsy Price said council members have not changed their expectations for a city manager: They are seeking someone who is tech-savvy, innovative and fiscally responsible, with industry and city government experience.

“We had a good discussion about moving forward and casting a wider net,” Price said.

The council met with representatives from WhitneySmith Co., a human resources consulting and executive search firm.

The firm will re-post the position until mid- to late April, then bring candidates to the council in May.

The council had hoped to have a replacement by March.

The search started after City Manager Tom Higgins, who has worked for the city for nearly 30 years, announced his retirement in October.

Higgins, who makes $233,400, agreed to stay on until a replacement is found.

In other business, the council approved an economic development agreement with Wal-Mart to build a 182,000-square-foot Supercenter at the southeast corner of Golden Triangle and Park Vista boulevards in far north Fort Worth.

The $12 million in tax breaks come with terms that include building the store and pad site by June 2016, investing at least $13 million in the project by that time, having at least 50 employees and making a “good-faith effort” to spend at least 25 percent of certain construction costs with minority- and women-owned businesses.

The council also approved an economic development agreement with Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Co., which is spending $185 million on the Waterside project, planned for Lockheed Martin Recreation Association property.

The $18.5 million in tax breaks will be tied to the amount of project investment. The company must invest $90 million in the first phase of 325,000 square feet of residential or commercial space and 140,000 square feet of commercial space.

In phase two, it must invest an additional $35 million and have a minimum of 150,000 square feet of commercial or residential space. Phase three calls for an additional $60 million investment and at least 200,000 square feet.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Caty Hirst, 817-390-7984 Twitter: @catyhirst

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?