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Spencer Cronk Named City Manager
Minneapolis city coordinator selected Tuesday by City Council
News Story  December 21, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

New City Man­ag­er Spencer Cronk: “Engagement and Transparency”
New city manager emphasizes community outreach
News Story  February 22, 2018, by Michael King
"...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..."

Quote of the Week: Spencer Cronk
City manager on city budget
News Column  September 13, 2018
"...– City Manager Spencer Cronk, announcing City Council approval of FY 2019 budget..."

Cronk to Reorganize Management Team
Musical chairs at City Hall
News Story  August 2, 2018, by Michael King
"...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."..."

Cronk Meets Job Creation Goals
City manager names candidates for new executive team
News Story  November 29, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

Major League in Soccer Dream Inches Closer to Reality
Council authorizes city manager to begin negotiations with Precourt
DAILY News  June 29, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...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...."

Brian Manley to Be Named Lone Finalist for Chief of Austin Police
City Manager Spencer Cronk to make announcement Monday
DAILY News  April 30, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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...."

Joel Baker Named Next Chief of Austin Fire Department
Recently retired chief in Atlanta moves west
DAILY News  November 2, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...10. City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Friday afternoon that retired Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Joel Baker has been chosen from three finalists..."

Council to Vote on Manley for APD Chief
CM Cronk taps interim chief for permanent spot
DAILY News  June 8, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."

A Two-Horse Race
Council selects finalists for city manager – public meeting Tuesday
DAILY News  December 8, 2017, by Michael King
"...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)...."

The Council and the City Manager
Tracking back on a lengthy and complicated search
News Story  January 4, 2018, by Michael King
"...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..."

Breathing Room for the City Budget
Proposed FY 2019 city budget features sunnier projections
News Story  August 9, 2018, by Michael King
"...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":..."

Beside the Point: What a Mess
Police impasse throws city system into disarray
News Column  December 21, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Rebooted City Council Gets a New Chance to Fix Austin
10-1, take two
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Putting Brian Manley to the Test
Interim chief lone finalist to run Austin Police
News Story  May 3, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Brian Manley: “Austin’s Next Police Chief”
APD vet expects appointment Thursday at Council
News Story  June 14, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

So You Want to Be Austin’s City Manager
Finalists hit public forum before Council's Tuesday decision
News Story  December 14, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Council: Break’s Over, Budget Time Begins
Number crunching
News Story  July 26, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...(Nothing trumps CodeNEXT.) Nevertheless, members return on Monday, Aug. 6, for City Manager Spencer Cronk's first-ever budget presentation..."

Council: Public Safety & Their People
Fire stations, police officers, and the money assigned to both
News Story  May 31, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."

News Story  February 22, 2018
"...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..."

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