Mayor Gregg Hull announces that the Rio Rancho Governing Body, which is comprised of six City Councilors and the Mayor, has completed the first required step in the City Manager hiring process.
“The City Manager search process was delayed and extended due to COVID considerations. Because of this, for transparency, and to help inform regarding the unique and required hiring process that must be followed in Rio Rancho, my hope is that the public finds this update beneficial,” said Mayor Hull.
Pursuant to the City’s Charter, the Governing Body has screened and ranked candidates for the City Manager position, and provided four names to the Mayor for consideration. The Mayor is required to receive a minimum of three names and no more than five names.
The four finalists for the City Manager position are (select links to view resumes):
The four finalists were derived from 33 applications reviewed by the Governing Body and an interview with six candidates.
The next legally required step in Rio Rancho’s City Manager hiring process is for the Mayor to appoint the City Manager from the list of four names provided to him for consideration. Pursuant to the City Charter, the Mayor has until Tuesday, April 13 to make his determination, notify the Governing Body of his decision, and come to terms on an employment contract with his appointee. This week, Mayor Hull plans on interviewing each finalist again, one-on-one, as part of his determination and appointment process.
The final step in the hiring process is for the Mayor’s appointment to be confirmed via Resolution by the Governing Body, including the appointee’s employment contract. The Governing Body will consider Mayor Hull’s appointment at their regularly scheduled meeting taking place on Thursday, April 22.
If the Governing Body does not confirm the Mayor’s appointment, the Mayor has up to 45 days to appoint someone else from the finalist list provided to him, and then seek Governing Body confirmation via Resolution. This back-and-forth process, with up to 45 days between required appointments, continues until one of the names on the finalist list is confirmed via Resolution by the Governing Body or until all four names on the finalist list have been rejected by the Governing Body. Only after all the names on the finalist list have been rejected can a new search take place.
The City Manager position became vacant in March 2020 when David Campbell submitted his resignation. Deputy City Manager Peter Wells was appointed in March 2020 by the Governing Body as Acting City Manager and continues to serve in that capacity. At the time of his appointment, Wells stated he would not apply for or seek the City Manager position. Wells will return to his Deputy City Manager position after the completion of the current City Manager search process or May 17, whichever occurs first. Pursuant to the City Charter, the Mayor can appoint an Acting City Manager for no more than 30 days. Any appointment beyond 30 days requires Governing Body approval.