INTERIM FINANCE MANAGER SET TO TAKE CITY MANAGER POST
Updated 2:02 p.m.
The City Council is set to name Interim Finance Manager Ann Marie Gallant as their interim city manager, per the agenda for a special meeting to be held Wednesday night.
Gallant, who has held city manager jobs in three other, smaller California cities, would take the job for the next 24 months, effective April 1. She would be paid a salary of $250,000.
“Due to the down turn (sic) in state and national economy, the city is facing financial and budget challenges that require immediate and effective operational leadership from a seasoned City Manager with specialized skills and experience in municipal finance. With the recent resignation of City Manager Debra Kurita, the city council desires to appoint an Interim City Manager to fill the immediate operational and budgetary needs of the City,” per a staff report from the city’s human resources director, Karen Willis.
The job responsibilities laid out in Gallant’s to-be-approved employment contract include implementing changes that she believes will lead to greater “efficiency, economy or improved public service,” including consolidating or combining city offices, positions, departments or units.
Gallant, 59, has held a variety of administrative posts over more than three decades of government service, and has spent the last few years of her career serving short stints as city manager of three California cities, at least two of which were in desperate financial straits before she arrived. Her last gig was as city manager of Desert Hot Springs, in Southern California.
It’s not yet clear who would take Gallant’s place as finance manager.
As always, stay tuned.