city manager finalist wants San Antonio to be the ultimate - by way of any measure

SAN ANTONIO — Erik Walsh, the metropolis's lone finalist to be the next city manager, spoke of at a public discussion board Wednesday that he needs San Antonio to be the top of the line by any measure.

"I want San Antonio to be on the excellent of every list: the most beneficial location to live, the most useful vicinity to work, the foremost place to raise a family," he referred to.

The discussion board at the downtown campus of the university of Texas at San Antonio became designed to introduce the deputy city supervisor to the neighborhood, allowing residents to publish questions forward of time to be able to get to know him.

Walsh, a place of birth boy who graduated from critical Catholic high college and Trinity school, talked for more than an hour, outlining his priorities — he desires "to be in lockstep with the mayor and council from Day One" — and answering a sequence of swift-fireplace questions meant to demonstrate his more fun and personal aspect.

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His favorite taco is migas. His favourite San Antonio Spur is DeMar DeRozan, despite the fact his favourite activity is soccer and he most enjoys it on the school stage. If he had a superpower, Walsh desires he might fly. He doesn't watch a great deal television, and his most reliable accomplishment changed into marrying his spouse, Sandra.

He cites his father as his position mannequin. He admitted early on that he became a bit of fearful as a result of for the entire public talking he's done, this changed into the first time he became doing so along with his fogeys in the crowd.

Walsh is anticipated to be triumphant retiring city manager Sheryl Sculley. The council will vote to officially appoint him to the submit subsequent week. but first, Walsh has launched into a citywide tour that contains dozens of conferences with local corporations and Wednesday evening's town hall, the place he answered large-ranging questions from residents.

With chums, family unit, colleagues and residents packed into the Buena Vista Theater, Walsh became brought by means of Mayor Ron Nirenberg and moderator Maria Luisa Cesar. As he walked onto the stage, Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," made famous with the aid of the film "Rocky," filled the theater.

"I didn't decide on the music," he mused. "i like it, though. i admire it."

For more than an hour, Walsh answered questions in the past submitted by way of the public and curated by means of city officials. He spoke candidly, with no trouble navigating questions about his priorities for the city and the stalled contract negotiations with the local fire union. the ongoing strife with the fire union culminated in the November charter change election that led to inserting limits on the income and tenure of future city managers.

Walsh observed he expects the stalemate with the San Antonio expert Firefighters association could be resolved, noting that "all sides should be reasonable, and that i feel that's going to be crucial."

but he additionally stated that "it takes two parties to return together" on a deal, and that the metropolis is and has been "prepared to negotiate."

Walsh noted whatever thing alterations or initiatives he makes might be deliberate and methodical.

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"We need to probably realign some issues," he noted, but it surely will take time. "I don't consider you make adjustments right off the bat."

all over the discussion board, Walsh committed to carrying on with the city's efforts to provide bilingual advice to residents — something that should still have been achieved long earlier than the city begun doing so a couple of years ago, he said. He additionally underscored the significance of transparency and engagement with residents.

several council participants attended the adventure, as did Walsh's colleagues, the 5 different deputy and assistant city managers who'd sought the position. Walsh described himself as a team player, anything he's carried forward from his days of enjoying soccer at Trinity college, and expects to make use of that mentality in the new position.

a number of attendees noted they thought Walsh would make a strong metropolis supervisor.

"i believed he changed into truly good," Chris Branca noted. "He came via as polished and skilled."

After the discussion board, Nirenberg noted he changed into blissful with Walsh's performance.

"He did fantastic. I suppose people are seeing the real Erik Walsh — candid, humble, right down to earth and knowledgeable," he pointed out. "And he has a major grasp on the operations of the metropolis and the heart beat of the neighborhood."