RIO VISTA — Just one more interim city manager – then a full-time permanent selection should be in the seat that has been filled with temporary help since the departure of Hector De La Rosa in April 2012.
Rio Vista Police Chief Greg Bowman stepped into the interim position after the abrupt departure of Joe Tanner Jr. last week. The city is in the latter stages of a search for a permanent city manager and after Tanner found out he wasn’t selected, he opted to leave instead of stay until the permanent replacement arrived, according to city officials.
“It be became apparent he wanted to leave,” Mayor Norman Richardson said of Tanner Jr. ”He asked if he could leave and I granted him the right to do that.”
A final city manager candidate has been chosen and discussion about a contract will take place Nov. 5 in open session, Bowman said. The tentative new hire could begin the second week of December.
In the meantime, Bowman said his focus is to be available to employees and the community to ensure a “seamless operation for the community.” He added that any major decisions would be up to the new city manager.
“I won’t be making any significant, proactive moves unless needed,” he said.
Rio Vista’s search for a city manager began in April 2012 when De La Rosa’s contract was not renewed. Roger Wong became the first interim, followed by Joseph Tanner Sr., who stepped down after reaching the maximum hours he could work under rules of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. His son, Joseph Tanner Jr., then took on the role around the beginning of February.
The city tried twice to find a candidate via a nationwide search through search firm Avery Associates, which is based in Los Gatos. Neither time was successful. The most recent search, the third, resulted in 38 candidates, including Tanner Jr.
According to information on Avery’s website, the position pays between $120,000 and $130,000, but is subject to experience and qualifications.
Attempts to reach Tanner Jr. last week before his Friday departure were not successful.
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