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Has the City Manager Search Spoiled?

By Wells Dunbar, January 2, 2008, 12:29pm, Newsdesk

At 1pm tomorrow, City Council starts examining the applicants vying to become Austin's next City Manager – a process some have said is overly short, secretive, and likely to give candidates already with the city an advantage. Already some troubling signs have emerged:

– Instead of council chambers, new City Manager to be announced at Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas

– Press release announcing finalists to be written in Zapf Dingbats font

Kirk Watson, Casey Dobson and Richard Suttle planning topless leap out of giant novelty cake

– Council's agreed-upon "external" candidates hail from Detroit, Baghdad, parking-lot of Chris' Liquor

– Search underwritten by Domino's Pizza; same thirty-minute agreement applies

– The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" named official theme song of the search

– We already miss Toby

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