I hear the process is zooming along and that the mayor is managing most of it all by himself. He's even set the pay scale so low that a few of the top applicants won't even consider the position. No biggie - he's going to be running the show in about a year from now all by himself - a new city manager is just a place holder. We should know the new manager's name in mid May.
If you were on the advisory board - sorry you were left out of the process... but you should have known you weren't important the second you read "advisory" in front the word "board." "Advisory" in this situation means - shut up, we let you have a title.
Let's forget for a second that you are all going to vote fire the new city manager and pay them a million bucks to leave next May. Let's pretend for a second this hire was for the long-term to help the city live long and prosper (see what I did there?).
You've got two avenues you can go when hiring a new city manager and they mimic hiring a college football coach.
1. Lateral move from big program to big program where the atmosphere is better for the coach. He brings proven experience to your big school. However, you gotta pay.
2. Small school success gets a shot at coaching at a big school. He works for less, but brings his unproven, but successful, operation to your big school. You may have struck gold, or you may have hired a dud. Either way you got it at a bargain.
With the lower pay it looks like El Paso is going to hire someone who managed a smaller city or had a smaller role at a bigger city. This means a lot of things. I think the most important factor will be that El Paso will be a short term project for them. They proved it at the JV level and El Paso is their first Varsity start. If they don't sink, they'll be gone to a bigger city in no time. Think about superintendents in El Paso. Anybody worth a damn is gone quickly.
But all of this moot - you'll be firing them in May whether they are good or not. Essentially, the mayor is hiring himself as city manager. Brilliant plan!