Daniel Ramos.

Evanston city officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the city manager candidate favored by city council members has accepted a job in another community.

Daniel Ramos, deputy chief administrative officer for the City of Baltimore, Maryland, informed officials here he had taken the job in another community before they could start negotiations on terms of the job offer here.

The announcement this afternoon said the Council intends to restart the search process with a new executive recruitment firm as quickly as possible.

Update 7 a.m. 1/26/22: The Houston Chronicle reports that Ramos was named Tuesday as budget director for Harris County, Texas, by the county administrator there.

The paper reports that while Harris County has an AAA bond rating, Ramos will face immediate challenges including, “an appetite for new spending by the Democratic majority coupled with a dour revenue picture in coming years as the result of a Legislature-imposed revenue cap and limited tax rate growth forced by the Republican minority.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I wish Mr. Ramos well with his upcoming challenges. Too bad he couldn’t have been more forthright about his options. We will face added financial and time costs with another search process.

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