City Council appoints Erik Walsh as San Antonio’s 20th city manager
The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Deputy City Manager Erik Walsh on Thursday as the city’s next chief executive to replace retiring City Manager Sheryl Sculley.
Walsh ascended from a field of more than 30 candidates, including six from within City Hall, that emerged in the wake of Sculley’s announcement late last year that she would retire after a 13-year tenure at the helm of the nation’s seventh-largest city.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg noted that the decision is the biggest a council could make.
“It hasn’t been done for more than 13 years, and in fact, Erik Walsh will be only the 20th city manager in San Antonio’s history,” he said. “As we take measure of the historic gravity of this moment, I am proud of my City Council colleagues. They have accepted this responsibility with the professional approach that it merited.”
Council members heaped praise on Sculley for developing a talented pool of successors in her administration.
Walsh will earn $312,000 annually — the maximum currently allowed under Proposition B, which limits the city manager’s compensation to be no more than 10 times that of the city’s lowest-paid full-time employees, who currently earn $15 an hour.
Walsh, 49, has wanted to be the city manager of his hometown since he was a student at Central Catholic High School.
Walsh will take over the position on March 1, the day after Sculley’s 13-year tenure ends.
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