Written by Amanda Casanova
Former Irving City Manager Steve McCullough has been named Interim City Manager as City Manager Tommy Gonzalez’ stretch as the top city official comes to an end.
The City Council voted unanimously for the appointment on Sep. 19 at their regular meeting.
McCullough will start Oct. 2 and $138,049 has been allocated for his payment.The contract ends April 2, 2014 or when the Council finds a permanent City Manager.
In April, after months of public debate, the Irving City Council voted to extend Gonzalez’ contract through Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, Gonzalez may stay on and serve as a transitional consultant to the City until Dec. 31. Under the extension agreement, Gonzalez will be paid for accrued vacation, his $60,000 retention pay for this year and a 2009 housing loan will be forgiven. If he resigns before the contract ends, the contract will terminate.
As Irving’s City Manager, Gonzalez has served a city of about 216,000 residents and has earned about $430,000 annually.
McCullough retired from the City Manager post in 2005 after about 30 years with the City.
An executive search firm has been hired to find a permanent City Manager. That search could take about four to five months, according to Mayor Beth Van Duyne.