City questions manager finalists

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The Madisonville City Council is interviewing five finalist candidates for the city manager’s position this week.

The names were culled over several weeks from an applicant pool of about 40 names, according to City Manager Danny Singletary.

Singletary will retire at the end of the year.

The candidates were to be interviewed over two special meetings on Monday and Tuesday night, but it is not known whether the city will make its decision then.

The finalists are:

•Cindy King, currently the city manager for Sweeny, a town of about 3,600 people in Brazoria County.

In her résumé, she states she started out as city clerk in Sweeny in August 2005, and worked her way to her current position. She also states she has worked in every department in the city.

She also has been certified in FEMA emergency management, and serves as assistant emergency management coordinator.

Prior to her work with the city, she was the office manager for a doctor.

•Scott L. Albert, currently the executive director of Riverbend Water Resources District.

Albert served as city manager in Celina for four years and as town manager in Fairview for five years.

In his cover letter, Albert said he was instrumental in piloting Fairwiew to the 12th best suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a regional retail development, the creation of Heritage Ranch Active Adult Community, and growing the town infrastructure.

He also spearheaded capital improvement programs for water systems, parks, streets and wastewater plants.

He also was city administrator for Springtown, where he established a retail merchants association and a historical commission.

He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of public affairs degree from University of Texas at Dallas.

•Chad Huff, currently the assistant director for facilities planning and construction for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

Huff is a licensed architect and has overseen numerous construction and renovation projects at SHSU, including a police station, campus mall and a performing arts center.

He has bachelor’s degrees in environmental design and construction science from Texas A&M.

•Camilla Viator, currently the director of marketing and tourism for the city of Madisonville.

Viator is president of the Texas Mushroom Festival, and has extended experience in marketing, community and economic development and finance. She has been director of corporations and foundations for Sam Houston State University, executive director of the Madison Health Resource Center and the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont.

Her experience includes head soccer coach for Allen Academy in Bryan.

Career highlights include working with Buc-ees for recognition, putting Madisonville on the map, and raising funds through the Mushroom Festival to help support Madison County students.

•Randall Dixon, currently the city manager of Flatonia, a town of about 1,380 in Fayette County.

Highlights of his career include organizing a developer’s forum that led to $4 billion in development in the area, and creating an investment policy for Flatonia hich established a sustainable fund balance.

Other positions include budget analysis for Westlake, and personal financial advice for several firms.

While a salary range has not been discussed, Singletary said his salary, which includes allowances for his car and cell phone, is $93,128.

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