Who will be Corpus Christi’s new city manager? We now have at least a clue

Corpus Christi City Council released the names of the finalists for the vacant city manager position on Wednesday. Council went into executive session Wednesday morning and when they emerged, the governing body was prepared to release information on the leading candidates.

The candidates are Samuel K. Selman, Peter Zanoni, Lee Feldman, James Dinneen, Simon Farbrother and Harry Black.

Mr. Selman is currently a city employee serving as Interim City Manager. Prior to coming to Corpus Christi, Selman was City Manager for the city of Clyde, TX with a population of 3,867 located just east of Abilene along Interstate 20.

Peter Zanoni has been with the City of San Antonio for over 20 years holding various positions including the budget department for a total of 12 years, six of which he was Budget Director. He also served as assistant city manager for three years and currently serves as Deputy City Manager.

James Dinneen has been working in local government since 1992 when he worked as director of solid waste and assistant county administrator in Ohio. Dinneen, later became City Manager of Dayton, Ohio until 2006 and then took on a role as County Manager of Voluisa County, Florida.

Harry Black has a logical resume. He began working in local government in 1995. In 2012, he was named Director of Finance for the City of Baltimore, Maryland boasting a population of 620,000. He held that position for two years before moving on to the City of Cincinnati as City Manager. Political observers would say that among the candidates, Black would be the least likely fit for Corpus Christi.

Lee Feldman is considered a likely solid candidate for the role here in Corpus Christi. Feldman was City Manager of North Miami, Florida. His most recent job last about seven years from 2011 until 2018 where Feldman served as City Manager of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Lastly, the most unlikely candidate for the city’s vacant post is Simon Farbrother. Farbrother comes from Canada where he was a City Manager in Edmonton, Alberta.

City officials did not indicated when they anticipate to announce the winning candidate for the position that was left vacant when former City Manager Margie Rose left the post in May 2018.


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