On a 3 to 1 vote, Alice City Council hired new city manager David Vela on Thursday during a special meeting.

After approximately four hours in executive session, the council announced the decision without discussion of salary.

Councilman Ron Burke voted against the motion.

"I'm not against the gentleman, but against the process, lack of process" he said. 

According to Mayor Pro Tem Leo Escobar, the council only interviewed two candidates since one of the applicants was unable to attend.  

"Mr. Vela had all the credentials and experience," Escobar said. "He was at the top of the list and we are fortunate to have him as the city manager."

Vela's previous experience includes Deputy City Manager, Interim City Manager and Assistant City Manager with the city of Abilene, the City of Abilene website states.

He's also been the Local Government Management Analyst with the office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts in the City of Austin.

His education includes a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from University of Texas at Austin.

Some of Vela's professional and civic affiliations include ICMA Credentialed Manager with the International City and County Management Association and Texas City Management Association.

Vela was also said to have previously worked as an assistant city manager to Pete Anaya with the City of Alice.

"He wanted to come back home, to Alice," Escobar said. "He did excellent in his interview and has the education. He's just the man we were looking for."

Escobar said Vela's salary is not available as everything is not finalized yet. His hiring is conditional on screening and compensation negotiations.

On other agenda items, the council approved final plats for Family Dollar on Highway 44 and a senior living facility.