Temple City Looking for a Permanent City Attorney

City officials hired a new city manager last month.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published March 12, 2010

Now that a permanent city manager has been hired, the City Council is directing its focus towards filling the vacant city attorney post.

City Manager Jose Pulido announced on Thursday, November 5, 2009 that final interviews for three attorney firms will take place on November 23.

“We’re not going to identify any firms,” Pulido previously stated.

Temple City officials last discussed the vacant position at the most recent city council meeting. Officials had met in closed session for nearly an hour before Pulido publicized that the search for a new city attorney had been narrowed down.

In a recent interview with a local newspaper, Mayor Fernando Vizcarra stated city officials were looking for an individual with a development and redevelopment experience or background.

“The focus is going to be development and redevelopment,” Vizcarra said, “and somebody that has experience with a city our size or bigger.”

The City Council, excluding Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist who was not on the City Council at the time, fired long-time city employee Charles R. Martin in May. Martin had served in dual roles, as Temple City’s city manager and city attorney.

Eric Vail of Burke, Williams, and Sorensen LLC has served as the interim city attorney since June. According to a Pasadena Star News report, Vail and his firm has always sought for a permanent role in Temple City.

Vail stated, “We accepted the interim position knowing that they were going to need to go through an RFP (request for proposal) process and interview process.”

The interim city attorney also mentioned to the local newspaper that he was a finalist among the candidates the City Council was thinking about.

Final interviews will be conducted in closed session at 6:30 p.m.

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