Sierra Madre’s leadership takes a hit with several simultaneous retirements - Sierra Madre’s city manager, police chief and public works director have announced plans to retire from the city in December, according to city staff.
The exits, combined with an assistant city manager who left in July, leaves little of the city’s leadership intact. But officials say they’re hopeful a new city manager will start by January.
“We anticipated some of those retirements,” said Councilwoman Rachelle Arizmendi. “If our timing is right — we are already expediting the process to ensure we have a city manager within the next month or so — it’ll allow for some training and transition to happen.”
The three-months notice gave the city some time to find replacements, Arizmendi said. The City Council is already working with an executive recruitment firm to find its next city manager.
Sierra Madre intends to assign staff to interim leadership roles until the new city manager can hire replacements for the police chief and public works director.
Assistant City Manager Elisa Cox kicked off the resignations and retirements when she left for a job in Rancho Cucamonga in July. Then earlier this month, City Manager Elaine Aguilar announced she would retire in December. Public Safety Director and Police Chief Larry Giannone, a 9-year employee, and Public Works Director Bruce Inman, a 19-year employee, followed with similar announcements on Wednesday.
Inman is one of the city’s longest serving employees, officials said.
Aguilar said the timing is coincidental and does not indicate any turmoil in city hall. All three have individually worked in the public sector for decades.
“We’re all baby boomers and there’s a lot of folks like me, and the directors, who have been in their positions for a long time and have reached retirement age all at the same time,” she said.
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