With only a few months under his belt, City Manager David Vela turned in his resignation letter on Tuesday due to personal family reasons.
Vela's letter was turned in to City Clerk Rene Marshal about noon in accordance with severance agreement, which will be discussed at the next council meeting on Thursday.
Vela, a native of Alice, accepted the job offer in October 2015 with a starting pay of $134,000 and $500 allowance plus moving expenses. His first day of work was Nov. 30, 2015. The City of Alice budgeted for $127,000.
On a 3 to 1 vote, Alice City Council hired new city manager Vela during a special meeting on Sept. 17. Councilman Ron Burke voted against the motion, citing the hiring process was rushed and only two candidates were interviewed.
"It is unfortunate that the search process must continue once again," Burke said. "My hope is that this time it can proceed to its conclusion with interviews and screenings and not cut short."
Vela's previous experience includes Deputy City Manager, Interim City Manager and Assistant City Manager with the city of Abilene, the City of Abilene website states.
He's also been the Local Government Management Analyst with the office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts in the City of Austin.
His education includes a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from University of Texas at Austin.
Some of Vela's professional and civic affiliations include ICMA Credentialed Manager with the International City and County Management Association and Texas City Management Association.
Vela also previously worked as an assistant city manager to Pete Anaya with the City of Alice.
Vela's last day is March 9.