"...As became expected in the days leading up to the final vote, City Council on Tuesday selected Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk to be Austin's next city manager. The final choice was between Cronk, a 38-year-old outsider who billed himself as a facilitator and agent of change, and the more known quantity of Ann Arbor city administrator Howard Lazarus, who previously spent time as the director of Austin's Public Works Department..."
"...In his first City Council meeting Feb. 15, new City Manager Spencer Cronk got a bit of baptism by fire – or at least, by intensity, as the session lasted past midnight and featured several prolonged, contentious debates, culminating in a five-hour finale over the proposed paid sick leave ordinance ("It's About Damn Time," Feb..."
"...– City Manager Spencer Cronk, announcing City Council approval of FY 2019 budget..."
"...Last week, Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk met with his five assistant city managers and subsequently released a memo describing a new administrative organization, including the potential of replacements within that management team. The process, Cronk wrote in the memo sent to all department directors, will include an "open recruitment" for new assistant CMs to fill positions that will be based on the six "strategic outcomes" defined and targeted last year by City Council: "safety," "health and environment," "culture and lifelong learning," "economic opportunity and affordability," "mobility," and "government that works for all."..."
"...Following his July restructuring of his executive team, Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced on Monday the finalists for two of his five new lieutenant positions. For both slots – the assistant city manager over Economic Opportunity and Affordability and the ACM over Health and Environment/Culture and Lifelong Learning – Cronk has, as he suggested he might, included the current occupants of those roles on his shortlist, but interim ACMs Joe Pantalion and Sara Hensley have some stiff competition..."
"...City Council authorized City Manager Spencer Cronk early Friday morning to begin negotiations with Precourt Sports Ventures, the group that owns the Columbus Crew and controversially wants to move the Ohio-based soccer club to Austin...."
"...City Manager Spencer Cronk is expected to hold a press conference today to announce that Brian Manley is the only finalist being considered for the vacancy of chief of the Austin Police Department. Cronk will put Manley before a community input process, and decide whether to remove the interim label after that...."
"...10. City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Friday afternoon that retired Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Joel Baker has been chosen from three finalists..."
"...The search for Austin’s next permanent police chief may be over. City Manager Spencer Cronk told the Statesman this morning that he would recommend Interim Chief Brian Manley, a 28-year department veteran, keep the job, forgoing a national search...."
"...As anticipated, Thursday’s City Council meeting unveiled the two surviving candidates for Austin’s next city manager: Spencer Cronk, current Minneapolis city coordinator, and Howard Lazarus, current Ann Arbor city administrator (and former director of the Austin Public Works Department)...."
"...Barring some unanticipated derailment in final contract negotiations, Austin has a new city manager: Spencer Cronk, currently the Minneapolis "city coordinator," an analogous administrative position but with less direct authority, as that city has a "strong mayor" system under which the mayor is also the chief executive. ("Spencer Cronk Named City Manager," Dec..."
"...That's one takeaway from the FY 2019 proposed city budget formally presented by City Manager Spencer Cronk Monday afternoon at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Although the budget staff continues to track revenues and expenditures traditionally, by individual city departments, the proposed budget will also be macro-organized by six City Council-defined "strategic outcomes":..."
"...City Council voted to appoint Spencer Cronk as city manager on Tuesday, bringing all but an end to the laborious process of filling the vacancy created by Marc Ott's departure last year. Cronk, who for the past three years has served as the city coordinator up in Minneapolis, will face a series of daunting challenges almost immediately..."
"...Much of City Manager Spencer Cronk's first year in office, besides getting to know his new city (after coming from Minneapolis) and finding suitable digs, has been spent righting the ship. The police union and the city came to a new agreement Council could approve..."
"...That's how City Manager Spencer Cronk declared his intent to name interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley as the lone finalist to succeed departed Chief Art Acevedo on a permanent basis. Speaking Monday at a press conference to announce the decision, Cronk outlined what he intends to be a monthlong vetting process, with various stakeholder meetings and community forums (see this story's tagline) designed to "give Manley an opportunity" to make clear his vision for the community and police department..."
"...By the time you read this, City Council will in all likelihood have voted to approve City Manager Spencer Cronk's appointment of Brian Manley to chief of the Austin Police Department, an inevitability since Cronk named the 28-year APD veteran the lone finalist for the job in April, and frankly well before that if you read the clues that emanated from both City Hall and APD HQ. Manley has admirably handled interim responsibilities, navigating the department through the latter stages of the crime lab collapse, the breakdown in contract negotiations last December, and then the two-week terror brought on by the local bombings..."
"...Before a crowd of their potential bosses, the city's most persistent City Council watchdogs, and a stream of viewers tuning in to the presentation from their homes, the two candidates to replace Marc Ott (and, by extension, Ott's interim successor Elaine Hart) as city manager made their public cases for the job at the lone public forum on Tuesday night. Both candidates – Minneapolis City Coordinator Spencer Cronk and Ann Arbor City Administrator Howard Lazarus – displayed their own nervous tics while getting dunked into the proverbial fishbowl..."
"...(Nothing trumps CodeNEXT.) Nevertheless, members return on Monday, Aug. 6, for City Manager Spencer Cronk's first-ever budget presentation..."
"...Garza said her original language didn't bar the city manager from looking at providing interim stations to all five locations. However, "The information I've gotten from staff is there's no way they can do the two, so I don't see how it could be reasonable to even think that [City Manager Spencer Cronk] could bring back five temporary station options and there be funding for it," Garza said...."
"...No regular City Council meeting this week (the next is March 1), but Council resumed budget work sessions on Wed., Feb. 21, with the initial official presentation by new City Manager Spencer Cronk, who was introduced to Austin's public style at the post-midnight Feb..."