Council selects Hamlett as lone candidate to lead city
by Gary Kent
Mar 19, 2014 | 379 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members are expected to meet with one candidate for the city manager’s position Tuesday night at the end of their regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall possibly to negotiate a contract.

The candidate, Jack S. Hamlett, currently is serving as the interim city manager at Sinton.

Hamlett was one of four applicants for the job who were interviewed by the council following its March 11 meeting.

Hamlett was chosen as the finalist for the position after an executive session Monday night that lasted about 90 minutes.

Councilman George P. “Trace” Morrill, III made the motion to request Hamlett’s presence at next week’s council meeting, and that motion was seconded by Councilman John Fulghum.

Mayor David Carabajal and Mayor Pro Tem Libby Spires both voted in favor of the motion.

Hamlett has been involved in city administration work for about 38 years. He earned bachelor and master of science degrees in political science and city management from East Tennessee State University in 1972 and 1975, respectively, and was a management assistant to local governments for the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments in Georgetown, S.C., during most of 1975.

From 1976 to 1981, Hamlett was city administrator in Lake City, S.C., and then took the city administrator’s job in Farragut, Tenn. He remained in that position until 1995 when he moved to Texas to work as the city manager in Seguin.

In 2006, Hamlett moved to Rosenberg to manage that city until 2013.

While in Rosenberg, Hamlett developed plans to upgrade a wastewater system and improved that city’s bond rating.

While in Seguin, Hamlett established a nonprofit corporation for a water project with the City of Schertz and served as the executive director during the implementation of that $50 million project.

During his 14 years in Farragut, Tenn., Hamlett said the population of that city increased from 6,000 to 15,000.
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