Peifer is Finalist for Huntsville City Manager Job

November 12, 2012

West U Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director Chris Peifer is being considered for the city manager position with the City of Huntsville.

Peifer told today that he is one of four finalists for the position and was invited to submit his credentials for the job.

The other three finalists include Nick Finan, the executive director of management services and the city secretary for the City of Texas City, Matt Benoit, former assistant city manager for the City of Farmers Branch and Melissa Vossmer, former city manager for the City of Angleton.

“The City of Huntsville has a set of unique opportunities that I would be well suited for and it would be a difficult decision,” he said.

Peifer said he’s happy and very satisfied with his position with the City of West U, but when he was presented with the opportunity he had to pursue it for his career.

“While we would hate to lose him, Chris would make a great city manager for the City of Huntsville, or any other city, and we would all wholeheartedly support him if that ends up being the choice he makes,” City Manager Michael Ross said.

Peifer has worked for West U for more than six years. Prior to coming to work for the city, he worked for the City of League City as a deputy city administrator and the City of Sugar Land as an assistant director of public works. He has also worked as a contract employee for the federal government.

Huntsville has been without a permanent city manager since April when former City Manager Bill Baine abruptly resigned following an hour-long executive session of the city council, during which his performance was discussed. A retired military officer, Baine had been the city manager since 2008.

Chuck Pinto, a retired city manager, was hired as interim city manager of Huntsville in May.

Huntsville, the county seat of Walker county, has a population of 38,548 as of the 2010 census.

The City of Huntsville is expected to hire a new city manager by the end of the month.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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