Rul, Brazzell, Rodriguez, Villa four finalists

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A committee of elected officials representing Jim Wells County and the City of Alice are expected to interview four candidates for the open Alice Municipal Airport manager position today.

A total of 11 candidates applied for the position, but that list was narrowed down to just four finalists.

Those finalists include former Alice Mayor Fidel Rul Jr., Charles Brazzell, Oscar Rodriguez and Eduardo Villa III.

Other candidates who applied but were not selected as finalists include Richard Moncada, William Lane, Jenny Cortinas, William Custer, Michael Martin, Robert Shultz and Yolanda Sosa Moran.

Once the committee interviews the finalists, a recommendation on a potential airport manager will be made during a joint meeting of the Alice City Council and the Jim Wells County Commissioner's Court. Those entities will then vote on whether to hire the recommended candidate.

The airport manager position has been open since the resignation of former airport manager Bill McCumber on Feb. 5.

McCumber had been the airport manager since 1977.

In 2002, McCumber officially retired from the city, but he elected to remain the airport manager to ensure a three-phase project begun in 2000 was completed.

That three-phase project totalled nearly $6 million, and included the reconstruction of a runway, the construction of a taxi-way, the replacement of the airport's beacon, the acquisition of land for a runway safety zone, the relocation of the airport's instrument landing system, fencing and drainage work.

The final phase of the project is currently underway.