City starts manager search

first_img [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEREY PARK – Officials will soon decide what steps they will take in filling the city’s top staff position, which will be vacant in mid-July. Chris Jeffers, who has served as Monterey Park city manager for 16 years, was named as Glendora’s city manager Tuesday and announced his resignation at the Monterey Park council meeting the next day. The Monterey Park City Council will discuss during closed session how to proceed in hiring a new city manager at its June 20 meeting, and whether it wants to hire a temporary replacement, Jeffers said. “My intuition tells me we do need an interim city manager,” Jeffers said Friday. “If so, we will question how we would go about making that decision, and then also how to approach making a permanent decision.” Unlike many cities, Monterey Park does not have an assistant city manager. Jeffers, 47, said that position was eliminated in 1992 during budget cuts. “We have a very flat top level here,” Jeffers said. His last day in Monterey Park will be July 15 after 23 years with the city. Councilman Benjamin “Frank” Venti said he will recommend that the city hire an interim city manager to give the city enough time for a proper search. Councilwoman Sharon Martinez, who called Jeffers an excellent city manager, said she would like to have a national search to satisfy the council’s high expectations. “Monterey Park has been very lucky that we’ve had him for so many years,” Martinez said. last_img

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