Support Us Button Widget

City Council names Jesús Garza Interim City Manager

Former City Manager Spencer Cronk was voted out of office by 10-1.

The front of Austin's downtown City Hall

The city is officially on the hunt for a new chief executive.

Photo by ATXtoday

In a 10-1 vote on Wednesday morning, the Austin City Council fired Spencer Cronk from his position as City Manager.

The City Council heard from 14 public speakers, who discussed Cronk’s response to Winter Storm Mara and tension over an Austin Police Association contract renewal. Cronk will leave with $463,000 in severance, or 12 months of base pay.


Spencer Cronk was hired as city manager in 2018.

What does the city manager do?

The City Manager is responsible for managing the city’s $5 billion budget, overseeing more than 14,000 city employees, and spearheading city initiatives.

In Austin’s case, the mayor and City Council rely on the city manger to act like their “CEO.”

So what’s next?

As of this morning, Jesús Garza will take up the position of interim city manager, while the city looks for a permanent replacement. Garza previously served as city manager from 1994-2002 during Mayor Kirk Watson’s previous term.

More from ATXtoday
The new park area has something for all Austinites — young and old — with play areas, seating, a dock, and access to the rest of the trail.
We’ve got details and a map full of drink deals: We’ll be highlighting the vibrant beverage scene across Austin, TX from July 22 to July 26, 2024.
The New York-based bar’s debut is a sneak peek into 6th Street’s future.
Here’s a timeline chronicling decades of the nonprofit organization entertaining Austin at no cost.
The high-profile restaurant will bring in A-list football players to serve and socialize in support of the Fair Catch Foundation.
With construction for The Confluence continuing along Waller Creek, trail users should expect route disruptions for the next several months.
We asked ChatGPT which travel destinations in the US are most similar to Bat City. See what the artificial intelligence program said.
Ready for your lunch break? Check out these 33 lunches from north to south Austin.
Located in the heart of Old West Austin, Lou Lambert’s luxurious two-bedroom Castle Hill home is on the market for $1,650,000 now.
Make the most of good weather by taking your meals al fresco on one of Austin’s many beautiful patios.