NewsChannel 11 has learned former San Antonio City Manager Lou Fox will be Lubbock's next City Manager. Sources tell NewsChannel 11 details of the deal are being worked out now. NewsChannel 11 is also told the City Council voted unanimous to offer Fox the job, and that his salary will be comparable to former city managers.
Fox is 60-years-old and comes to Lubbock with decades of experience, most notably from San Antonio. He served as San Antonio's City Manager from 1982 until 1990 and worked with then Mayor Henry Cisneros. During his time in San Antonio, Fox helped transform the downtown and Riverwalk areas making San Antonio one of the leading tourism spots in the county.
His work in the city received national attention, garnering Fox the National City Manager of the Year award in 1988. Prior to serving as City Manager in San Antonio, Fox was the city's Deputy City Manager from 1977 to 1982.
He also held the City Manager position in Orange, Texas for 5 years in the 1970's. Currently, he's the owner of Urban Advisory Services Consulting Firm in San Antonio.
The City of Lubbock released the following press release shortly after the announcement.
Following a three and a half hour executive session, the City Council voted unanimously to hire Lou Fox as the new City Manager. Mayor Marc McDougal announced that Fox has accepted the post contingent upon the Council putting together a compensation package.
Fox, a former City Manager in San Antonio and a current consultant in urban affairs, thanked the Council for giving him an opportunity to get back into public service. Fox has been a consultant for more than a decade. He told the Council that he recently "looked into my soul and heart and said it's time to get back into the public service business."
During discussion prior to the vote, Councilman Victor Hernandez voiced concerns about the abbreviated process that brought Fox to the Council as a candidate and the fact that the Council had not articulated exactly what it was looking for in a City Manager.
Hernandez went on to say that despite his concerns he would support Fox and he would ask his community to support him as well.
In a lighter moment during the meeting, Councilman Tom Martin asked Mayor Pro Tem T.J. Patterson to amend his prayer to include him. Patterson asked God to help the Council bring the city together. When he named each member of the Council, Martin was inadvertently omitted.
Following the vote, Fox addressed the Council and then spoke with members of the media.