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Posted on: June 23, 2022

City Manager final candidates announced

Council Chambers

The City of Hutto has narrowed the search for the next City Manager to four highly qualified candidates. 

The City selected SGR to assist in conducting the extensive search that resulted in an impressive candidate pool. SGR is an executive recruitment firm based in Texas and specializing in recruiting, assessing, and developing leaders for local governments who are innovative, collaborative, and authentic. SGR’s proprietary recruitment and vetting process produced an incredibly strong field of candidates for Hutto. The City received 46 applications from candidates in 15 states.

The finalists are:

James Earp HeadshotJames Earp has 16 years of experience with the City of Kyle, Texas, and currently serves as its assistant city manager. He also currently serves as the director of the North Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program as well as a CPM instructor at Texas State University. James holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration/finance and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Tarleton State University; a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington; and a graduate certificate in environmental management from Harvard University. He is a certified public manager and is a Texas Watershed steward. In addition, James was awarded the 2019 ASPA (American Society of Public Administration) Public Administrator of the Year award.

Manny DeLaRosa HeadshotManuel (Manny) De La Rosa has more than 35 years of municipal experience in Texas. He began his career with the City of Southside Place, where he held the positions of director of public works, associate municipal court judge, and deputy city manager. From there he served the City of Olney as city administrator; the City of Shenandoah as director of public works & community development and assistant city administrator; the City of Liberty Hill as city manager and executive director of economic development; the City of Jonestown as city manager; the City of Kyle as director of planning, and finally the City of San Benito where he is currently the city manager. Manny holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and is a certified public manager.

Richard Beverlin HeadshotRichard (Rick) Beverlin III has over 20 years of municipal experience in Texas and currently serves as the city manager for the City of Leander, Texas. Previously he was the assistant city manager for the City of Galveston; the director of economic development for the City of League City; and the city administrator for the City of Kemah. He also spent nine years with the Goodman Corporation as both a senior associate and later as vice president of governmental affairs, and as senior transportation planner/TIP & UPWP Manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Rick holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Houston.

Tarron Richardson HeadshotTarron Richardson currently serves as the program and operations manager for the City of Richmond, where he’s been since 2020. He has over 18 years of municipal experience, including as city manager for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia; city manager for the City of DeSoto, Texas; deputy director of public utilities for the City of Richmond, Virginia; assistant city manager for the City of Coatesville, Pennsylvania; and assistant to the chief administrative Officer, also in the City of Richmond, Virginia. Tarron holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in education, and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He has also completed multiple FEMA trainings and holds a Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas (GTOT) Investment Policy Certification.

As previously reported, the entire Hutto community is welcome to meet the candidates during an open house reception from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 29 at Hutto City Hall. The public is also welcome to watch the City Council interview the candidates on Thursday, June 30 (9 am to 12 pm, and 1 to 3 pm) either via live stream or in person, and to provide feedback to the City Council. 

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