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City Hall official picked as a finalist for top position in Texas beach city

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Michael Kovacs, the assistant city manager in Park City, is a finalist for the top staff position in the island city of Galveston, Texas, he said this week.

He is vying to become the city manager in that community. Galveston sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico south of Houston.

Kovacs on Thursday said leaders in Galveston are expected to select one of the finalists as early as Monday or Tuesday. There are three finalists.

Kovacs has been Park City’s assistant city manager since late 2009. In the position he acts as the second-in-command behind City Manager Tom Bakaly. Kovacs, though, does not hold supervisory duties over the rest of the municipal staff.

He has been assigned to monitor the Statehouse and has performed a wide range of other tasks for City Hall.

Before arriving in Park City, Kovacs had been the city manager in Port Aransas, Texas, which is a resort community on the Texas Gulf Coast close to South Padre Island. He has also been an executive in the South Carolina resort town of Surfside Beach.

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Kovacs is the first assistant city manager in Park City since the era around the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was hired in Park City from a field of nearly 200 people.

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