De La Rosa finalist for Jonestown job

City Manager Manuel De La Rosa

By SHELLY WILKISON

Liberty Hill City Manager Manuel De La Rosa confirmed Wednesday that he is a finalist for the position of City Manager for the City of Jonestown.

De La Rosa told The Independent this week that he applied and interviewed for the position after the Liberty Hill City Council took no action to extend his employment contract last fall. In February, the Council voted 3-2 to extend his contract for three years at a salary of $86,000 per year.

He said he has not removed his name from consideration for the Jonestown position, and has applied and interviewed in other cities as well.

While he would not reveal those cities, he said he has received one employment offer in writing so far from another city in Central Texas.

In recent weeks, De La Rosa’s employment has become an issue in the campaigns of some challengers for City Council who are using it as a point of cricism against incumbent Council members.

“A city manager shouldn’t be a distractor to a community or be a campaign issue,” De La Rosa said, adding that he had applied for the other positions before the filing period opened for City Council races.

“Until there is an offer that is right for me, it is business as usual here,” he said.

In Monday’s edition of the Austin American-Statesman, it was reported that De La Rosa was one of four finalists for Jonestown City Manager.

De La Rosa said he was not aware that he was a finalist for the position until someone alerted him to the story in the Statesman.

According to the report, other candidates considered as finalists in Jonestown include David Huseman, city consultant for Gonzales and former Gonzales city manager; Eric Kuykendall, former city administrator for Rosebud; and Brenton Lewis, former city administrator for Minden, Nebraska.