Police chief named new Victoria assistant city manager
Jan. 27, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
Victoria Police Chief Bruce Ure will be the city's next assistant city manager beginning March 1.
Current assistant city manager, Charmelle Garrett, selected Ure to take her place when she moves into the city manager position the same day.
"He's such an excellent leader and has excellent leadership skills. He's able to have a vision, communicate that vision ... and he cares about his employees." Garrett said. "He's also very passionate about Victoria's future, and so those are some of the things that I found that will make him successful in this job."
Ure said that passion is what enticed him to apply for the job.
"The economic development that's on the horizon, there's new industry coming to town, new infrastructure ... these are all issues that I am and have been very interested in," Ure said. "And to be part of the team that addresses them is really an honor."
Garrett said she received nearly 100 applications for the position, which the city established 37 years ago.
"As I went through the process, I was able to look at internal compared to external candidates," she said. "I just decided that an internal candidate provided what I was looking for as the next assistant."
Ure is temporarily handling the administrative duties as Victoria Fire Chief until a replacement for Vance Riley, who retired in December, can be found.
"We're actively looking for a fire chief, and Bruce will continue to help run the day-to-day operations," Garrett said. "We will probably sit down next week and decide on the recruitment strategy on the police chief," Garrett said.
Ure was already on the same page.
"We're going to sit down and plan a comprehensive transition for these positions because they're clearly key positions in city government," he said.
After more than 30 years in law enforcement, Ure will now assume direct responsibility for some of the city's 12 departments, which could include the police and fire departments.
"That would be a natural (choice), but he and I need to talk about which departments," Garrett said.
Ure said parts of the job will be uncharted waters for him, but that he's been "blessed" to work beside the department heads for whom he will now be responsible.
"I don't know any other way to put it other than that sounds fun and exciting," he said.
The assistant city manager position has a starting salary of about $130,000 a year, according to a city press release.