Austin City Council announces two finalists for city manager position

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The Austin City Council announced the two finalists for the city manager position at their Thursday night meeting.

Spencer Cronk, a city administrator in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Howard Lazarus, a city administrator in Ann Arbor, Michigan, beat out four other candidates that the city announced they were considering for the position.

Cronk and Lazarus will return to Austin for a third round of interviews next Tuesday and Wednesday. The public will be invited to meet the candidates at a public forum at the Austin Convention Center next Tuesday. On Wednesday, the city council will have an opportunity to speak with the two candidates before they make a final decision, which is expected to be announced Dec. 18 or 19.

The city manager position has been vacant since Marc Ott resigned from the position.