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Cowell Considered for San Marcos Job

Amarillo's Deputy City Manager is under consideration for another city manager job.

Deputy City Manager Robert "Bob" Cowell, Jr. is being considered for the role of city manager for the City of San Marcos, Texas. The role became vacant when Amarillo City Manager Jared Miller stepped down in San Marcos to take his current position in Amarillo.

Cowell is vying for the job against four other city manager candidates, three of whom have experience working in Texas. Cowell, Abilene assistant city manager James Childers, former Austin assistant city manager Burt Lumbreras, Odessa deputy city manager Michael Marrero, and Hilton Head, South Carolina town manager Stephen Riley are all competing for the position.

Interviews are slated to take place on July 13th and 14th.

This is Cowell's third time vying for a city manager role in 2017. Cowell was previously a finalist for the role of city manager of Amarillo and for city manager in Tacoma, Washington. Cowell was praised in his quest for the Tacoma job to succeed T.C. Broadnax, but was later passed over when Tacoma officials decided to promote the city attorney to the job.

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