Search for City Manager Narrows down to Two

Final interviews to be conducted in September: Mayor

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published January 5, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

City officials have narrowed down the search for a permanent city manager to two candidates, the mayor said.

Forty candidates applied to be the successor of Charles R. Martin, former city attorney and city manager. Martin served with the city of Temple City for approximately thirty-four years.

“We took what we judged to be the highest qualified candidates, and we are in the process of interviewing them now,” said Mayor Fernando Vizcarra at the September 1, 2009 city council meeting.

When asked why only a few were chosen to be interviewed, he responded, “The most highly qualified [individuals] are the ones selected to be interviewed.”

A final interview with the remaining two candidates will be conducted in September.

In July, Bob Murray and Associates (BMA) was hired to narrow down the choices for city manager.

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

Since Martin was fired from his position as city manager in May, Cathy Burroughs has been acting as the interim city manager.

Burroughs, who also holds the title of parks and recreation director, was recently given a retroactive five percent salary increase due to dual roles. She has been lauded for her performance as both city manager and parks and recreation director.

Eric Vail of Burke, Williams and Sorensen, LLC, has been acting as interim city attorney since June. Martin officially relinquished his title of acting city attorney on May 31.

Since 2007, city officials have debated back and forth on the issue of hiring an assistant city manager or conducting a search for the replacement of then-city manager Martin. After a new council majority emerged from the March 2009 city elections, a unanimous decision to replace Martin was made.

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