The South Padre Island City Council will interview seven finalists for the City Manager position on Thursday and Friday, February 20 and 21, 2014. The position was vacated when Joni Clarke resigned in August 2013.
The City has received a number of highly qualified applicants who desire to be South Padre Island’s next City Manager. The City Council has conducted a rigorous recruitment process to ensure they select the ideal manager to lead their community.
The City received a total of 60 applications from candidates in 21 states. Most of the applicants have extensive local government experience with almost half having served as a City Manager or Assistant City Manager.
Amy Buckert has 13 years of local government experience and currently serves as the city administrator for the City of Balcones Heights, Texas. She served as the city manager for Olmos Park, Texas, from 2007 to 2010, and has held positions as the assistant to the city manager, senior management assistant, and management intern for the City of Hurst, Texas, and as an administrative analyst for the City of Lewisville, Texas. Buckert holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is a Certified Government Finance Officer.
Manuel “Manny” De Le Rosa currently serves as the city manager of Jonestown, Texas, and has more than 22 years of local government experience. De Le Rosa has previously served as the city manager and economic development director for the City of Liberty Hill, Texas, assistant city administrator for the City of Shenandoah, Texas, city administrator for the City of Only, Texas, and deputy city manager for the City of Southside Place, Texas. He also served as the community manager for Association Management, Inc. De Le Rosa holds a Bachelors of Political Science from the University of St. Thomas, and is a Certified Public Manager.
William “Bill” DiLibero has more than 25 years of local and state government experience and is currently a legal, management, and planning services consultant in North Kingston, Rhode Island. A licensed attorney in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, DiLibero served as the town administrator for the Town of Charleston, Rhode Island from 2009 to 2012, and the town manager of Hopkinton, Rhode Island from 2006 to 2009. He has also held local government positions with the Town of Cumberland, Rhode Island as the planning and community development director, and served as the planning director for the Town of Foster, Rhode Island. DiLibero served as the senior environmental planner, department director, and GIS administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and has held adjunct faculty positions at Northeastern University and the University of Phoenix. A private practice attorney from 1991 to 2006, DiLibero holds a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law, a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Miami, and a Masters of Water Resources from Clark University. He is an ICMA credentialed manager and holds a senior executives in state and local government certificate from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Jack Hamlett has 38 years of local government experience and served as city manager for Rosenberg, Texas from 2006 to 2013. He has also served as city manager for Seguin, Texas, and as city administrator for the cities of Farragut, Tennessee, and Lake City, South Carolina. He previously worked as a management consultant for Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments in Georgetown, South Carolina. Hamlett holds a Masters of City Management from East Tennessee State University and is an ICMA certified manager.
Darla Jones has served as the assistant city manager for South Padre Island since 2010, and currently serves as interim city manager. Jones has 24 years of local government experience and previously served as the assistant city manager of LaFeria, Texas, senior planner for the City of Pharr, Texas, director of planning and development for the City of San Benito, Texas, and city planner for the City of Harlingen. Jones holds a Bachelors of Public Administration from Texas A&I University and is a graduate of the Utility Management Institute.
Oscar Ramirez currently serves as the city manager and economic development director for the City of Donna, Texas, and has more than 19 years of experience in local, regional, and state government. He has served as city manager for George West, Texas, and previously held the positions of emergency management program coordinator and senior grant writer for the South Texas Development Council of Governments, environmental investigator for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and positions with the City of Laredo, Texas, in environmental services, public works, engineering, and utilities. Ramirez holds a Masters of Public Administration from Texas A&M International University.
Samuel Keith Selman has more than 22 years of local government experience and currently serves as the city administrator for the City of Clyde, Texas. Selman was the planning director for the City of Laredo, Texas, from 1991 to 2011, and owned Selman Planning and Development Services from 2011 to 2012. He previously served in the Peace Corps and as a consultant with the Strom Thurmond Institute. Selman holds a Masters of Urban Planning from Clemson University and holds a senior executives certificate in state and local government from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The City of South Padre Island engaged Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to manage the candidate search. SGR is an executive search firm based out of Keller, Texas, specializing in government recruitment, employee development, and best practices and innovation.
The City will be holding a “Meet and Greet” to give the community an opportunity to meet the City Manager Finalists and provide feedback on February 20th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort located at 33261 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island, TX 78597.