Help identify the biggest challenges these leaders should handle.
Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk wants residents to play a part in his process for recruiting and hiring new executives to the City.
Austinites have the opportunity to outline skills and characteristics they feel are most important for future executives to exhibit. Residents also have an opportunity to identify the biggest challenges these leaders should be prepared to address, in a new survey released today. The information gathered will be used to help inform recruitment for executive vacancies at the Deputy City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and department director level.
“Using our strategic plan to organize the City is a new direction forward,” Cronk said. “These executives will be responsible for delivering results to the community, so it’s important that our community has a say in what we’re looking for.”
As he did prior to hiring Brian Manley as Chief of Police, Cronk intends to involve the community in each stage of the process, beginning with public feedback and in-person meetings with internal and external stakeholders. The feedback from the current survey will be used in all executive recruitments moving forward, beginning with the hiring of the first two Assistant City Managers this fall.
Each Assistant City Manager will be responsible for guiding the City's work toward one or more of the outcomes identified in the City of Austin’s strategic plan. Their responsibilities will also include overseeing the departments largely responsible for the outcome and working collaboratively with the rest of the City on cross-departmental and cross-functional projects and initiatives.
In July, City Manager Spencer Cronk announced that he would be realigning his executive team to better support the Council's adopted Strategic Direction 2023. That strategic direction focuses the City's work around six outcome areas: