RIO VISTA — The City Council hopes to fill the position of interim city manager as soon as possible, or at least before current Interim City Manager Joseph Tanner leaves.
Council members authorized Mayor Norman Richardson during Tuesday’s special meeting to appoint an interim city manager. Now council members can vet potential candidates and make an appointment before Tanner leaves Jan. 31.
The search for city manager began in April 2012 after the council declined to renew then-City Manager Hector De La Rosa’s contract. Roger Wong filled in as interim city manager, agreeing to see the council through a selection process that was projected to end in July.
Tanner replaced former interim city manager Wong in July after the council declined to announce an appointment for city manager. Tanner cannot, however, work past Feb. 1 because the California Public Employees’ Retirement System restricts his employment to 960 hours per year.
The current law, Tanner said, should change as “it is going to hurt cities trying to recruit city manager because it takes more than six months to recruit for this position.”
With a newly elected council, however, council members will be able to continue the selection process for city manager.
Councilwoman Constance Boulware said the first round of interviews for city manager is slated for Jan. 28 at a closed session special meeting. She said she hopes the process of selecting a full-time city manager will take between 30 and 45 days.
Attempts to reach Richardson for comment were not successful.
In other news, council members appointed Carolyn Azbell to the Public Safety Commission to replace Councilman Jim McCracken.
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