Council Boots Martin, Appoints Burroughs as Interim City Manager

The City Council of Temple City removed Charles R. Martin from the positions of City Manager and City Attorney, while appointing Parks and Recreation director Cathy Burroughs as the interim city manager on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

Martin, 85, became an employee of the city in April 1965. In the last seven years, Martin has served as both the city manager and city attorney.

According to the Temple City Life monthly publication, Martin is a graduate of South Pasadena High School, Washington and Lee College and University of Southern California law school.

Councilwoman Judy Wong announced on May 5 that Martin would be dismissed effective immediately; however, he will be allowed to remain as the interim city attorney until May 31.

Temple City and regional elected officials, like state Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, state Senator Carol Liu and Los Angeles county supervisor Michael Antonovich, recognized Martin at retirement ceremony on May 28. The City Council had recognized Martin at its meeting on May 19.

The position of city manager is being advertised. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 18.

A change in city manager and city attorney is one of many changes made since the March city council elections.

Previously, the city council had contemplated hiring a deputy city manager to succeed Martin after months of training.

These actions occurred under the past council majority that included Cathé Wilson, Ken Gillanders and councilman Dave Capra.

But in January 2009, councilman Capra along with the previous council majority voted to remove the position of deputy city manager from consideration. Councilmembers Fernando Vizcarra and Judy Wong cast the dissenting votes.

Besides removing Martin as city manager, the City Council also decided to wait until a new city manager is appointed before hiring a new public services manager.

Chuck Erickson, the previous occupant, had retired. A vacancy became effective on May 1.

The position of public services manager is being advertised. The deadline for this position is Thursday, June 4.


This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice today–August 21, 2009.


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