The process of moving on from former City Manager Jason Gray continued when the McKinney City Council met to discuss the city’s next steps after reaching “a joint decision” to accept Gray’s resignation last Monday, Feb. 24. During a closed, executive session meeting Friday, the council members passed a resolution granting Deputy City Manager Jose Madrigal “the ability to act with authority under Section 28 of the City Charter while we (the council) continue to discuss the interim city manager transition plans,” Mayor Brian Loughmiller told TownSquareBuzz.com on Monday.
Section 28 of the City Charter is the section that grants power to the city manager. In layman’s terms, Madrigal is now acting city manager for the City of McKinney. “Mr. Madrigal will still be in the role of Deputy City Manager but will have authorization to act in areas of management that require work to be done by an individual in that capacity while we continue to focus on selecting an interim process to follow,” Loughmiller told TSB.
Madrigal joined the City of McKinney in July, having previously worked in Irving, Pflugerville, Cedar Park and Lubbock. According a city staff organizational chart released in August, Madrigal’s current responsibilities include oversight of the McKinney Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works Department, Municipal Court and Purchasing Department.
Loughmiller told TSB that he does not anticipate this transition impacting the city’s ongoing projects. “As it relates to impact on projects, I do not believe projects will be negatively impacted as we work on transition,” he said. “Our staff that has been engaged in the day-to-day operations as it relates to specific projects are continuing to work on those items.”
Loughmiller also told TSB that the council has not yet formalized its process for transition from Gray to McKinney’s next city manager, nor have they reached a separation agreement with Gray.
As for Madrigal, he told TSB in July that he was eager to join the City of McKinney. “McKinney is a beautiful city,” he said when he was hired. “It provides a diversity of options of where to live. You have the feel of the new growth as well as the older homes. There’s an outstanding school district. It’s everything you could ever want in a city. It’s a great feeling to be a little part of that.”