Finalist for Fort Worth city manager withdraws

05/13/2014 4:54 PM

05/13/2014 5:26 PM

One of three finalists for Fort Worth city manager has withdrawn.

Roderick L. Bremby, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services and a Cabinet secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from 2003 to 2011, notified the city Tuesday that he was withdrawing from consideration, Mayor Betsy Price said.

“We’re obviously disappointed that he will not remain a part of this process, but we understand and accept his decision. We will move forward to interview the remaining two candidates as scheduled this Thursday,” Price said in a statement.

Bremby, 54, was a finalist along with David Cooke, director of business development for Mulkey Engineers and Consultants in Raleigh, N.C., and retired county manager of Wake County, N.C., and Penny Postoak Ferguson, deputy county manager of Johnson County, Kan.

Bremby got his start in public service in Fort Worth as a budget analyst beginning in 1984 and moved up to assistant to the city manager from 1986 to 1990.

Bremby could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

In a previous interview, Bremby said he would “bring almost three decades of comprehensive state and local government experience” to Fort Worth.

Though he has extensive experience — overseeing a $5.7 billion budget for the health and human services agency in Connecticut and working as an assistant city manager in Lawrence, Kan., from 1990 to 2000 — he also filed for personal bankruptcy with a former wife in 2007.

The bankruptcy filings were discharged in 2013 because of completed payment plans, and Bremby said he and his former wife took the action, like many Americans, because of medical costs.

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