Finalist withdraws from manager search: Scott Moore’s background clarified as resumes released

Published 12:17 am Saturday, November 9, 2019

The number of finalists for the permanent Port Arthur city manager position has been reduced to three after De’Carlon Seewood withdrew from consideration.

Seewood was city manager in Ferguson, Mo., from November 2015 until February 2019, according to a St. Louis newspaper. He took over that position a year after a shooting of an 18-year-old black male by a white Ferguson police officer led to civil unrest in the city that made national headlines. The officer was not indicted.

Contact information for Seewood was not available.

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The city of Port Arthur released the resumes of the remaining three candidates — interim city manager Ron Burton, former Spencer, N.C., town manager Terence Arrington and Ellsworth, Kan., city administrator Scott Moore — in response to a public information request from The News.

The three are scheduled for interviews with city councilmembers open to the public starting at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in the city council chamber on the fifth floor of City Hall.

Each of the candidates has professional or personal ties to Texas. Moore graduated from Texas State University in 1994 and has been a city administrator in Poteet (south of San Antonio) and city manager in Poteet (south of Dallas).

Moore also possesses experience with larger cities including Austin, Wichita, Kan. (where he earned a master’s degree), and Peoria, Ill. He began his career as a financial analyst with the city of Austin in June 1993 and became a budget analyst almost a year later.

He monitored a $29.3 million operating and capital budget for solid waste services and a $225.6 million water and wastewater utility through June 1997, when he went to Ellsworth for his first stint as city administrator through August 2005.

Moore then went to Wichita to become assistant city manager and remained until September 2009, serving as interim city manager between July 2008 and January 2009.

In his second stint with Ellsworth, which began in September 2015, Moore prepared annual operating and capital budgets and directsedthe city’s daily operations.

Moore could not be reached for comment.

Burton has been with the city of Port Arthur since 2008, when he came as the assistant director of planning and community development. He was director of development services between 2010-19, the last two years of which he was assistant city manager to interim managers Harvey Robinson and Rebecca Underhill.

Burton’s related work experience includes community development planning with Hattiesburg, Miss., from 2004-05 and director of planning and community development with Moultrie, Ga., from 2005-08.

Arrington, who lists an address in Greenville, S.C. but calls Charlotte, N.C. home, most recently served as Spencer town manager from October 2018 to May 2019. His experience ranges from business office administrator with the city of Charlotte from 2008-11, local government management fellow with Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 2011-13, deputy city administrator with Salisbury, Maryland, from 2014-15, Darlington County (S.C.) administrator from 2015-17 and operations analyst with BB&T in Greenville from 2017-18.

Port Arthur has not had a permanent city manager since Brian McDougal resigned in November 2017.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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