Royse City — Police Chief Carl Alsabrook, who has been serving as joint acting city manager since June, could officially become city manager on Sept. 24.
The city council took a step in that direction during its Sept. 10 meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Janet Nichol made a motion after the city council met in executive session to discuss the evaluation of Alsabrook as an interim city manager.
“We are extremely pleased with Carl’s performance and we’d like to make a motion for the city attorney to negotiate an employment contract with Carl for city manager and to be voted on at our next meeting,” Nichol said in her motion.
The motion was approved unanimously.
Alsabrook said no decision has been made about the police chief position if his selection as city manager becomes official. Alsabrook said Assistant Police Chief Jeff Stapleton has been “filling in” when city management duties have called him away from performing police duties.
Alsabrook and Larry Lott, executive director of the community development corporation, were named joint acting city managers after Bill Shipp resigned on June 16.
Alsabrook has two degrees from the University of Texas-Dallas, a bachelor’s degree in politics and government, and a master’s degree in public affairs.
He worked three years with the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office and 21 years with the Rockwall Police Department before he was named Royse City police chief in March of 2010.
The possibility that Alsabrook would eventually be named city manager was revealed during a meeting of the CDC’s board of directors on June 26.
The meeting agenda included discussion and action involving Lott assuming the joint interim city manager role for “a period of time.” During a discussion, a board member asked why the city wasn’t advertising to find a new city manager.
“We think we could potentially have our next city manager in-house,” responded City Councilman James Branch.
“Does he aspire to be a city manager?” Branch was asked.
“I believe so,” Branch answered.
At that point, Lott said, “I think there’s a consensus among the group, the majority of the group, that Carl could, in fact, be city manager material.”
He’s done a “marvelous job” as police chief. Lott said, but he is “missing the business side of what a city manager needs to have.”
Lott said the city council had no plans at that time to name an interim police chief.
“He’s going to still remain as the police chief, as well as the city manager, so a lot of it will depend how quickly Carl can come up to speed on the business side,” Lott said.
The co-interim city manager process could last four to six months, Lott said.
After that period, Lott said, “Carl will know whether or not he wants to take this job and the city council will know whether or not they want Carl to take this job.”
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