City manager search kept open
The city council interviewed three candidates Friday, April 29 in a search to replace retiring City Manager Robert Garza, but has decided to keep the search open and seek more applications.
The next cycle of applications and interviews will likely take about six weeks, Garza said.
“My last day at the city will be Friday, May 27,” Garza said via email. “The city council will vote on a resolution at their May 16 regular meeting to place Daniel Avila, assistant city manager/COO as interim
GARZA city manager effective May 28 for a period of three months (to allow transition time for a selected candidate).”
After nearly 30 years with the city, as Garza plans to retire as city manager, Las Cruces has more than doubled in population to nearly 120,000 people, it has almost tripled in size to about 77 square miles, there are 1,483 full-time city employees and the budget is nearly $400 million.