Pulido Assumes City Manager Position

Interim city manager returns to her former post.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published February 28, 2010

Jose Pulido on Monday officially took the reins at City Hall.

The former San Fernando city administrator succeeds former city manager and city attorney Charles R. Martin, who stepped down from both roles in May.

Pulido, 44, was named the next city manager on October 6 by Temple City mayor Fernando Vizcarra. He beat approximately forty other candidates to secure the city’s highest appointed office.

“I see a town and a city with a lot of potential,” Pulido previously said. “Where you see some downfalls, I see a lot of opportunity.”

The new city manager began his job October 26, 2009. Prior to coming to Temple City, Pulido worked for the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, and San Fernando. He also worked for Los Angeles County.

Pulido holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

As city manager, he will earn an annual salary of $195,000 plus four weeks of vacation time.

Cathy Burroughs, who has served as interim city manager since May, will return to her post as parks and recreation director.

Last week, Burroughs thanked city councilmembers and city staff for the opportunity to serve.

“I want to thank the City Council for the opportunity to serve as your interim city manager over the past few months” Burroughs wrote in the October 22 city manager’s report. “Although difficult and trying at times, the experience has been very rewarding.”

Now that a permanent city manager has been found, the City Council will direct its focus toward hiring a permanent city attorney.

Since June, Eric Vail of Burke, Williams and Sorensen LLC has acted as the interim city attorney.

The City Council was originally scheduled to discuss filling the vacancy at the previous city council meeting, but decided to postpone discussion due to the late hour.

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