A search is underway to name a new City Manager and seven people have applied in hopes that they may be the next to oversee the City of Sonora.

The current City Administrator/Manager Ed Carrasco is stepping down at the end of the month. Carrasco is retiring effective January 31, 2019.

Mayor Wanda Shurley said she and members of the City Council are actively searching for his replacement and so far it hasn’t been an easy task.

While looking to fill the position, the council has already begun the interview process.

Council members spoke with three individuals, Marie Gelles of San Antonio, Don Barker of Sonora and Arturo Fuentes, the current Chief of Police in Sonora, during a special meeting Friday, December 21, 2018, according to City Secretary Belia Fay.

Council members are looking at the other four applicants including one person from Temple, Bandera and Pharr, Texas as well as Maine to schedule interviews if necessary.

In the mean time, Shurley said council members will vote on an Interim City Administrator/Manager during their upcoming regular meeting set for Tuesday, January 22.

If necessary, they will also ask the Texas Municipal League for help with finding a temporary City Manager until a permanent one is hired, she added.
Hiring the right person to take over the responsibilities of City Manager of Sonora is important to the future of Sonora, Shurley said.

She and the council agree that the search will take time and careful consideration of each candidate who applies for the position.

Carrasco has been with the City of Sonora since June of 2013 when he began working as an administrative assistant. He was hired to be the Administrator/City manager in 2014.

Speaking on behalf of herself and the council, Shurley said Carrasco had been a good leader for the City of Sonora and she is pleased with his work over the past four years.

“I am completely happy with the job Ed has done in managing the City of Sonora,” Shurley said. “He has been diligent in cutting corners on expenses where he can and encouraged city employees to further their training to better themselves and their work. Ed has also been good at communicating with the council and has always kept them updated on things whenever possible. We are going to miss him.”