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12/1/03

Meet the Five Finalists Named For Lubbock City Manager

Monday five people were named as finalists for the Lubbock City Manager position.

The field of candidates include:

  • Tommy Gonzalez, current Interim City Manager of Lubbock
  • Rickey Childers, current City Manager for the City of Longview
  • William Pupo, former City Manager for the City of Surprise, Arizona
  • Kathy Rice, former City Manager for the City of Waco
  • Mark Watson, current City Manager for the City of Temple

Tommy Gonzalez has served as interim City Manager for the City of Lubbock since March of 2003. He was Assistant City Manager for the City of Lubbock for thre years, Ports-to-Plains President for two years, and Managing Director of Civic Services for the City of Lubbock for three years. Gonzalez served as International Liaison Officer in Bosnia for one year with the Army Reserve. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University.

Rickey Childers has served as City Manager of Longview since March of 1999. He was Deputy City Manager for the City of Arlington for five years, and Assistant City Manager for the City of Carrollton for five years. Childers was Assistant City Manager for the City of Abilene for four years and Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Lubbock for eight years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University.

William Pupo served as City Manager of Surprise, Arizona for three years. He was City Manager for the City of Spokane, Washington for two years and Acting City Manager for the City of Spokane for six months. Pupo served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Spokane for 14 years and Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Spokane for five years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington State University and a Master of Business Administration from Gonzaga University.

Kathy Rice served as City Manager for the City of Waco for four years, Deputy City Manager for the City of Clearwater, Florida for 9 years, and City Manager for the City of Gulfport, Florida for three years. She was also City Manager for the City of Lake Mary, Florida for three years and Personnel Director for Clarke County, Georgia for two years. Rice earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Mark Watson has been the City Manager for the City of Temple for four years. He has served as City Administrator for the City of Billings, Montana for six and a half years, City Manager for the City of Grapevine for three years, City Manager for the City of Mission for four years, and City Manager for the City of Stamford for four years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Friday morning the Council will interview the three finalists and could have a decision before the weekend.

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