Bob Murray & Associates to Conduct Search for Permanent City Manager

Temple City is still looking for Martin’s successor.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published November 7, 2009 (ONLINE ONLY)

The hunt for a permanent successor to former city manager and city attorney Charles R. Martin continues.

Bob Murray and Associates (BMA) was hired on Monday, July 6, 2009 to narrow down the choices for city manager. BMA will meet with the city council to determine its expectation for city manager and narrow down the list of qualified candidates for the city council to choose.

The company will be paid up to $20,000 for its services.

Former city manager and city attorney Martin was fired from his position as city manager on May 5. Martin then retired as interim city attorney on May 31.

Parks and Recreation director Cathy Burroughs has been acting as interim city manager. (The City Council also voted on Tuesday, July 7 to retroactively increase Burroughs salary by 5 percent for her hard work as both the interim city manager and parks and recreation director.)

Eric Vail of Burke, Williams and Sorensen has been acting as interim city attorney since June.

According to a June city manager’s report, at least thirty-three individuals have submitted an application. The deadline to apply for the position of city manager was June 18.

Since 2007, Temple City has debated back and forth on the issue of hiring a deputy or assistant city manager, or conducting for a search for a replacement of then-city manager Martin. When a new city council majority emerged from the March 2009 city elections, the decision to replace Martin was unanimous.

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