Talk of Keeping Loomis Longer as City Manager, Pay Raise

There is talk behind-the-scenes of asking City Manager James Loomis to stay longer than the end of 2014.
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX – There is talk behind-the-scenes of asking City Manager James Loomis to stay longer than the end of 2014. Loomis was appointed Interim City Manager in July and then two months later the City Council gave him the permanent title of City Manager.

But it was just understood the City Council needed to search for a new City Manager to replace Loomis after a relatively short period of time.

City Councilman Todd Klein said, “I’ve visited with the city manager recently with the desire to see where we are on the search process and would he stay longer?”

“I’d like to see him stay longer,” Klein added.

“I’ve heard the rumors. It’s very flattering,” Loomis said.

“They haven’t talked to me about increasing my pay or asking me to stay longer – yet. Hopefully they will.”

Nothing is official yet, but Loomis said the Council will discuss his employee evaluation with him behind closed doors on Thursday evening. EverythingLubbock.com has learned from a reliable source that Loomis’ evaluation is very positive.

But the Council cannot take official action behind closed doors. A vote would have to be taken in public which would slow down any official action until later this month.

Klein said, “I’d like to place this is as a work session item for January 23rd.”

“The benefit to having him stay longer is continuity,” Klein said, “and rebuilding of the organization to improve employee morale.”

Klein added, “It will also provide enhancement of service delivery to the public, … and a movement toward best practices at the city in general.”

Loomis currently earns $200,000 and his predecessor made $225,000.
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