marc ott en Council Withdraws Mid-Year Evaluation of City Manager <p><em>This story comes to us from our city hall reporting partner, the <a href="">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>It seems that some City Council members were planning on giving&nbsp;City Manager Marc Ott&nbsp;– and perhaps others – a piece of their minds in private Thursday, but due to the absence of&nbsp;Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole,&nbsp;Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp;was able to at least postpone that confrontation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The executive session agenda for Thursday included four unusual items, each to do a mid-year evaluation of one of the Council’s appointees: </span>Ott<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">City Auditor Kenneth Mory, Municipal Court Clerk Rebecca Stark&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;City&nbsp;Clerk&nbsp;Jannette Goodall.</strong></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:27:35 +0000 Mike Kanin & Jo Clifton 10250 at Council Withdraws Mid-Year Evaluation of City Manager Strains Show Between Council, City Manager Over Auditors' Office <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an excerpt from an article written by our Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="">Austin Monitor</a></em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(formerly </em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">In Fact Daily</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">). For more on this topic, see </em><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><a href="">our collaborative report with the </a></em></em><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="">Monitor</a></em><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>.</em></em></p><p>Tensions continued to mount Tuesday between&nbsp;<strong>City Manager Marc Ott</strong>&nbsp;and a number of&nbsp;<strong>Austin City Council&nbsp;</strong>members. At immediate issue is where to relocate the office of&nbsp;<strong>City Auditor Ken Mory</strong>&nbsp;as City Hall is reconfigured to make room for additional Council members under single member districts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During Tuesday’s work session, there was a particularly testy exchange between </span>Ott<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Council Member Bill Spelman</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;as </span>Spelman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told </span>Ott<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> he should have at least consulted Council members before making a final decision about </span>Mory’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> relocation.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:31:11 +0000 Mike Kanin 9347 at Strains Show Between Council, City Manager Over Auditors' Office Is This City Hall's Most Powerful Leader Under Austin's Change to 10-1? <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This article was co-produced with KUT News’ Joy Diaz as part of an ongoing City of Austin reporting partnership between <a href="">In Fact Daily</a> and KUT. Listen to KUT's&nbsp;broadcast story in the audio player below.</em></p><p>Among the changes that will accompany the start of districted representation for <strong>Austin City Council</strong> members, at least one unintended consequence is causing some level of civic heartburn for interests represented by figures ranging from current sitting Council members to the outspoken face of the 10-1 movement: A potential shift in the way things get done at City Hall.</p><p>That change, should it play out, will find the office of <strong>City Manager</strong> – the unelected executive arm of city government&nbsp;–&nbsp;&nbsp;becoming a much more powerful position. “The City Manager, at least temporarily – until people find their footing – is going to have a substantial amount of power,” said longtime Austin political organizer <strong>David Butts</strong>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:22:10 +0000 Mike Kanin 9259 at Is This City Hall's Most Powerful Leader Under Austin's Change to 10-1? The Ott Assessment: Council Set to Discuss City Manager's Performance <p>What&rsquo;s in store for <a href="" target="_blank">City Manager Marc Ott</a> at his job evaluation this week? And will he even have one?</p><p>Under Austin&rsquo;s form of government, the city council sets policy, and the city manager implements it. Ott was appointed by the council in 2008, replacing longtime city employee Toby Futrell &ndash; and in that time, he has received mixed reviews.</p><p>The <em>Austin American-Statesman</em> <a href="">has a long profile</a> of Ott&rsquo;s tenure at the city. He&rsquo;s received high marks for implementing a more transparent public budgeting process, and his role in steering <a href="" target="_blank">Austin&rsquo;s economic policies</a> while comparable cities have fared worse during the Great Recession.</p><p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:25:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4866 at The Ott Assessment: Council Set to Discuss City Manager's Performance Where Does Occupy Austin Go From Here? <p>The removal of Occupy Austin&rsquo;s semi-permanent encampment from City Hall <a href="">on Friday night</a> caught many off guard &ndash; most of all, the Occupiers themselves.</p><p>The Occupy Austin <a href="!/OccupyAustin/status/165646267857383424">Twitter account stated</a> they received the city&#39;s &ldquo;Notice of Change to City Hall Building Use Policy,&quot; at approximately &nbsp;10 p.m. &nbsp;&ndash; the new cut-off time for assembly at the City Hall plaza.</p><p>&ldquo;We have made these revisions in an effort to balance the interests of City residents in having access to the City Hall property for legitimate purposes with our need to manage the increasing problems at City Hall related to criminal activity, damage to City property, and health concerns,&rdquo; City Manager Marc Ott <a href="">wrote in a memo</a> outlining the changes.</p><p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:21:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3598 at Where Does Occupy Austin Go From Here? Abigail Smith Chosen As New Animal Shelter Boss, Begins March 15, 2011 <p>No a huge surprise here; Abigail Smith was already named the lone finalist for the job. But now it's official. City Manager Marc Ott <a href="">just announced</a> he has selected the director of a <a href="">no kill animal shelter in Ithaca, New York</a> to run the Town Lake Animal Center in Austin.</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:19:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 630 at Abigail Smith Chosen As New Animal Shelter Boss, Begins March 15, 2011