And the search is on.

The Pinehurst City Council started their search to find a successor to outgoing City Administrator Joe Parkhurst at a special meeting on February 2. Parkhurst submitted his resignation at last week’s regular meeting.

Mayor Pete Runnels said a four-member search committee composed of Councilman Dan Barclay, Dan Mohon, Parkhurst and City Secretary Debbie Cormier was assembled. Application will be given out and received the next 30 days.

Runnels said the want ad on the Texas Municipal League’s website is worded as follows:

Pinehurst (population 2,097) is a Type A General law municipality operating under the city administrator/council form of government. City Council consists of a mayor and five aldermen at- large serving alternating two year terms.

The FY2014-2015 operating budget is approximately $2.7M.

The city administrator is responsible for directing and managing a staff of approximately 20 full-time and 9 part-time employees. Potential candidates must be able to work effectively with council members, employees, and the public.

The city administrator will oversee preparation of and monitor the annual budget.

Potential candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, or a closely related field.

A minimum of five years management experience, preferably in a municipality or other political subdivision, is required. Applicants should have extensive experience in finance and community relations. Expertise in budgeting, capital planning, and negotiation are required.

Applicant must have strong computer, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

Knowledge of grants and grant writing experience is a plus.

On a side note, incumbent Alderman Matt Chandler submitted his letter of resignation from the city council and won’t run in the next General Election on May 9.