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Council to appoint its first female city manager

By DAVID TEWES
Sept. 19, 2010 at 4:19 a.m.


If you go

What: City council meeting designating a new city manager.

Where: Council Chamber, 107 W. Juan Linn St.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Charmelle Garrett is slated to be confirmed Tuesday as Victoria's first woman city manager beginning March 1.

The city council will consider a resolution promoting her from her current position of deputy city manager. The resolution also authorizes the mayor to execute an employment agreement with her.

"I'm excited," said Garrett, 50. "Victoria is sitting at a great time where we've got a lot of activities and a lot of growth going on."

She said the business outlook for the city is sunny because of such projects as Caterpillar preparing to build a manufacturing plant in Victoria and the Main Street program for the downtown area.

City Manager Charles Windwehen plans to retire at the end of February, but he will be on vacation from October until the retirement date.

Linda Champion, the assistant city attorney, said the employment contract is not complete and declined to provide a copy. Mayor Will Armstrong said he also doesn't have a copy yet and Garrett declined to comment on it because it's not complete.

Armstrong said Garrett has agreed to the compensation package, but he couldn't remember what the salary would be.

Garrett currently makes $122,642 a year and receives $9,000 a year in deferred compensation. Windwehen makes $157,412 a year and gets $19,000 a year in deferred compensation and a $7,000-a-year car allowance.

Armstrong said he thinks Garrett will step into the position and continue providing strong leadership for the city.

"This is not new territory for her," he said. "She won't need a honeymoon period. "

Garrett went to work for the city in August 1990 as the director of human resources. She was promoted to deputy city manager in 2006.

Windwehen has been the city manager since 2006 and has worked for the city almost 36 years.

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