The countdown: Top local news stories of 2013 (No. 20-11)

Published 9:20am Monday, December 30, 2013

(14 TIE) Austin City Council fires City Administrator Jim Hurm


The city of Austin ends 2013 without its top official after the Austin City Council fired former City Administrator Jim Hurm at its Dec. 2 meeting.

Hurm was fired after a job evaluation done in mid-September, which found Hurm proficient in working with council members and the public at large, but deficient in his work with city departments. Department heads felt that Hurm “did not properly manage the goals and expectations of city departments, would not accept and share responsibility for decisions made, and, further, stated that he did not effectively communicate pertinent information to their departments.”

Mayor Tom Stiehm said Monday the city and Hurm haven’t met to discuss Hurm’s severance package since his dismissal. Council members will discuss the process of replacing Hurm after the new year.

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