Marc Ott Out at City Hall

Embattled city manager takes job in Washington, D.C.

City Manager Marc Ott
City Manager Marc Ott (photo by john anderson)

The International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C., announced Friday that it would appoint Austin City Manager Marc Ott as its new executive director.

Ott will start his new job on Oct. 31, ending months of speculation and years of conflict over his performance. Since the 10-1 City Council was elected two years ago (many running on platforms that called for Ott's firing), the situation has been even more tenuous.

In a press release from this afternoon, Ott said, "This wasn’t an easy decision. I’ve dedicated myself to the residents and employees of Austin for almost nine years, but this is a unique opportunity – one that allows me to apply 30 years of experience toward advancing the profession and bettering communities around the world. My experience here in Austin has prepared me well for this new challenge.”

Mayor Steve Adler's office released the following statement: "I want to thank Marc Ott for a decade of service and dedication to Austin. Under his management, Austin has grown into one of the most vibrant and successful cities in the world. That’s huge, and he deserves a lot of credit.

“The Council needs to move quickly to name an interim manager while we begin the process of looking for a permanent one. Austin’s loss is also an opportunity to find the right leadership to guide our city as we deal with affordability and mobility.”

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