Vizcarra Continues Push for a Separate City Manager

Councilman Fernando Vizcarra reiterated his call for a separate City Manager and City Attorney for Temple City at the city council meeting on November 4, 2008.

Charles R. Martin, in his 80s, is currently tapped in both the positions of City Manager and City Attorney for Temple City.

Vizcarra felt it was time to begin discussion on finding a separate City Manager by the start of 2009. He also asked that the issue be placed on the of the following city council meeting.

In August 2007, the City Council had considered a deputy City Manager to fall under the teaching of City Manager Martin, after Mayor Pro Tempore Dave Capra signaled it was time for change in the City’s top management position.

The City Council opened a period for prospective candidates to apply. By the set deadline of December 2007, several individuals had indicated they were interested.

However, Capra changed his mind in February 2008 and voted with Mayor Cathé Wilson and councilman Ken Gillanders to eliminate the position. Vizcarra and councilwoman Judy Wong voted against the motion.

During discussion on November 4, councilman Gillanders disagreed with Vizcarra’s suggestion, stating he was satisfied with the current arrangement.

Capra recommended postponing the item until after the March 2009 City Council elections because there may be a new City Council. He felt the new Council would want to have input on the decision.

While Wong agreed with Capra, she supported Vizcarra’s move to start the recruitment process at the beginning of the next year.

 

This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on March 6, 2009.

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