The Victoria City Council unanimously approved the appointment of the city's first woman manager at its meeting Tuesday night.

Charmelle Garrett, 50, will officially take over the position left vacant by Charles Windwehen on March 1.

Windwehen is retiring and will be on vacation beginning Nov. 1. At that time, Garrett said she will act in his absence, as she does in her current position as deputy city manager.

"We've got so many positive things going on in Victoria, and the potential for growth is great," Garrett said. "We've got a progressive city council that wants to move the city forward."

Garrett's contract will be signed and made public Wednesday morning, said O.C. Garza, the city's public information officer.

Councilmember Gabriel Soliz brought up the idea of amending the contract to stagger Garrett's pay up to its base salary, based on the amount of experience she has versus the amount Windwehen had when he became manager in 2006.

Windwehen had 30 years of experience with the city at the time of his appointment, compared to Garrett's 20 years.

While details of Garrett's contract weren't released, Mayor Will Armstrong said the council decided in an executive session on a salary about $5,000 less than Windwehen's, which is $157,412.

"The going price for a city manager is what this contract says," Armstrong said.

All members approved the appointment without further discussion.

Denise Rangel, who couldn't be at the meeting because of a business obligation, announced her support of the contract, Armstrong said.

"I do appreciate the vote of confidence and the consideration of the employment agreement," Garrett told the council. "I look forward to working with you and moving our city forward."

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