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Committee to recommend method to replace Victoria's city manager

By DAVID TEWES
June 27, 2010 at 1:27 a.m.

Charles Windwehen

CITY MANAGER'S BACKGROUND

City Manager Charles Windwehen went to work for the city of Victoria as the assistant director of finance in January 1975.

He became the city secretary and the director of finance in October 1977.

Windwehen was promoted to assistant city manager in October 1994 and to city manager in October 2006.

A committee is prepared to recommend Tuesday how the city council should replace Victoria's city manager.

"Quite frankly, I would like to wait until the council is in session before I even tell you what the recommendations are," said Council Member Tom Halepaska, who headed up the committee. "They might say yes and that's great or they might say we don't agree with you."

Charles Windwehen, 59, announced last week he will retire at the end of February. He has been the city manager since 2006 and has worked for the city almost 36 years.

Halepaska has said Windwehen has enough vacation that he won't have to work after late September or early October. He said the city could limp along with Deputy City Manager Charmelle Garrett, 50, until February or it could hire a new manager before then.

City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz said he has broadly worded the agenda for the 5 p.m. meeting in the Council Chamber.

"I don't know whether there is going to be any action that night," he said. "I've been instructed to draft the agenda broadly enough that if they choose to take action on that, they will have that opportunity to do so."

Serving on the committee with Halepaska, who worked with the group that recommended Windwehen for the job originally, are council members Denise Rangel and David Hagan.

Halepaska said he chose Rangel because she has a good perspective and Hagan because he has a background in human resources.

"I think we've got good criteria for what we were looking for, how we wanted to go about it and what's the best methodology," Halepaska said. "We hope they will accept that."

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