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Council Selects New City Manager in Two Closed Sessions

October 6th, 2009 by Sameea Kamal

After an initial hour long closed session, followed by a brief second closed session, the council made the announcement that the former administrator for the City of San Fernando was selected for the job.

Pulido served as a city administrator in San Fernando for eight years and for the City of Montebello for almost ten years before that.

Pulido received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Chicano Studies and a minor in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Former City Manager Charles Martin was fired in May due to an IRS flagging of the contract, following his announcement that he already had plans to retire. Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs has served as the interim city manager since then.

Pulido, who was present at the meeting, expressed his pleasure at being selected to serve the current and coming generations of Temple City staff and residents.

“I’m privileged to be entrusted by such a beautiful community,” Pulido said.
According to Mayor Fernando Vizcarra, Pulido was selected not just by one vote, but by the whole council.

“When it came down to the final two, he was a notch above the other candidate,” Vizcarra said. “He is very qualified and very enthusiastic.”

Vizcarra said the new city manager came in well-prepared on Temple City issues.

“He came in, he’d done his homework and he understood the goal of development in the city,” he said. “That convinced us.”

The mayor said it would be the City Council’s duty to be clear in their expectations and communicate that to Pulido.

“Development in the city is a big area under discussion,” Viscara said. “Our expectations would be for him to implement it, to take issues like parking problems in downtown and jump in and take them on.”

Interim City Manager Cathy Burroughs said it would be Pulido’s challenge to bring additional sales tax to the city, revitalizing the commercial district and working with a new council.

“One challenge is just bringing some stability to the city,” Burroughs said.”It’s been a year of change and that’s a positive thing. I see the appointment of the city manager as one of the final steps of the change.”

Pulido’s official start date was announced as October 26, 2009.

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