Two other candidates now being considered; interviews were Monday

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Following a five-hour meeting behind closed doors, the Alice City Council took no action on the hiring of a new city manager Monday.

The city council met Monday in executive session to interview four candidates, including one who was recently added to a list of finalists.

On Monday, Andy Joslin was added to a list of three candidates already scheduled for interviews during the council's meeting.

Joslin, who is currently serving as the assistant chief of police in the City of Floresville, has previously served as an interim city manager at the City of Floresville. According to his resume, Joslin was a police officer with the Alice Police Department from 1991 to 1995.

The council interviewed city manager applicants Joslin, Ruben Maldonado, Oscar E. Ramirez and Albert Uresti Monday. The council also re-interviewed applicant Florencio Sauceda, who had been interviewed on June 25.

The council returned to open session after five hours of interviews, and took no action on an agenda item to appoint a city manager.

The council is expected to resume deliberations concerning a new city manager during the next scheduled council meeting on July 9.

Another new candidate, identified as Rafael Castillo Jr. may also be interviewed at that meeting, city officials said.

Castillo submitted his resume for consideration after the council announced a re-opening of the posting of the city manager position.

According to his resume, Castillo served as the city manager of the City of Del Rio from July 2000 to July 2007 and has also served as the purchasing director and the community services director of that city.

Following the meeting, Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez said the council was taking its time through the interview process because there is no immediate need for a city manager.

"I think the council came pretty close, but they just want to be sure," Saenz-Lopez said.

The mayor also said the council would consider any other applicants who filed resumes with the city prior to the next council meeting, but said the council had not ruled out hiring an applicant who has already been interviewed.

"I think one or two have (met the council's expectations), but the council just wants to take its time," Saenz-Lopez said. "We're just not really in a hurry."