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Monrovia Expects to Select New City Manager in Mid-February

The city of Monrovia could have a new city manager as soon as mid-February.

Interim City Manager Francis Delach gave a report Tuesday night at the Monrovia City Council meeting to update the community on the search.

The city has received 94 applications for the post.

"Out of those, we have a strong pool of what I call A-caliber candidates," Delach said.

The council members will meet at the end of next week to discuss the post, with an agreement expected to come before them for a vote next month.

Delach, a former Azusa city manager, came on board to serve as the interim for Monrovia in October.

He took over for former City Manager Laurie Lile, who retired.
rubberband January 22, 2014 at 01:18 AM
Find out who is PRO roller derby/BevMo/ and let that decide the new city manager.
Robert Parry January 22, 2014 at 04:46 AM
Hey, Rubberband. You're Roller Derby suggestion focused only on women. Who says men can't play?
Carole Curran January 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Monrovia is such a GREAT city, many of our teachers are alumni to schools they attended, and many live here. Sure wish our City Managers were as passionate about the community, like Don Hopper was...
rubberband January 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Don Hopper was an awesome manager, it probably had a lot to do with him loving this town....
Craig Covell January 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM
I hope our new City Manager has a passion for cleaning up our city. The biggest problem facing Monrovia is the cleanliness of our city. Yard sale signs, abandoned furniture, mattress dumping, graffiti and substandard properties. There needs to be a "commitment to quality" and then implement it.
rubberband January 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM
And, Mr. Parry, no one said men can't play ....My "Roller Derby/BevMO /WholeFoods/Bowling Alley" idea focused on women as they were the ones responding in the thread........This solves it: you manage the guys team, and I got the ladies....We have "M-Town Maulers," so think up your own name, Mister.
Chris Ziegler January 22, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Craig, I too hope our new city manager will restore our town's reputation for being a fair and honest place to live and or grow a business BUT, I'm not going to hold my breath - at least not until we get a new mayor: I've been digging in to a situation where the city violated the law on one of my projects (and many others that have had solar panels installed at their properties) and you wouldn't believe the garbage I've experienced: First, staff lied straight to my face and then when I caught their lies, they doubled-down and lied further. When I asked for the mayor's help in resolving this problem, the mayor actually backed-up staff! (in a shocking and emotionally unbalanced manner. Cleary our mayor lives a double-life and presents quite a facade). Becky Shevlin backed-up staff too: "Chris, they tell me they aren't breaking the law", really? But at least Becky was pleasant. Alex Blackburn, the attorney, is the only member (so far) of our council to return a firm response of, 'The city is acting outside the spirit of the law' but reported that he had no power to order staff to change their behavior. Tom Adams looked into the matter and gave me a very polished, "They lie to me too" and "I think you may see a change in policy in January". Larry Spicer called me very promptly yesterday and pledged that he will look in to the matter immediately upon his return from Sacrmento and that dishonesty and unlawful conduct is intollerable to him, so I still have some hope of a resolution. However, in the course of these conversations it was mentioned to me that the mayor has significant influence over 2 councilmembers and that when push comes to shove between council members, those that allied/beholden with/to the mayor are unlikely to spend their political capital in opposition. My point being, if we want an honorable city hall we need the citizens to take their voting responsiblitites seriously and clean this place up by electing an honorable mayor and council members. I think that if we can get an entity to host a true debate as opposed to "forums" we will have half of a chance in properly vetting our candidates for public office and improving the quality of our city's leadership - the battle of the yard signs is not working in our favor. There is almost a year before the next election, there is time for us to find a mayoral candidate. (I've asked Tom and Alex if either of them have interests in the mayor's seat and both declined). That said, Mayor Mary Ann Lutz works hard for us and deserves our gratitude for her service, it's is very unfortunate that her few flaws are fatal! Dishonesty = lawsuits and creates disenfranchised victims, both of which are counter to a thriving community.
Craig Covell January 22, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Chris, I do not know anything about solar panels and the city's laws about them and I do not plan on having any installed, however I know what an unclean city looks like and we have a big one. There is an old saying that "We deserve what we allow" and it has never been more clear. I would like to see a group of like minded people in Monrovia come together to find and back qualified candidates for Mayor and City Council seats. I am "in" on that. Thoughts anyone?
Lee Riopelle January 22, 2014 at 04:47 PM
To no avail-My single efforts to stop the City's "I/We will do what they want, without accountability for their actions continues.." in Monrovia. Their motto is - Ignore the citizens! The only thing they care about is their paycheck.
Craig Covell January 22, 2014 at 08:23 PM
I will agree with you regarding the fact the residents of Monrovia are not important to some on the Council and the Mayor. Business is much more important as they pay sales tax dollars and don't bother them. That tax revenue funds the city. The residents just bother them. Now, I am the biggest capitalist there is, but if you look around at the conditions in the city, it proves my point.
Chris Ziegler January 25, 2014 at 07:02 PM
I've hired a political consultant to advise me on this matter: His advice for us is, "Build a network of concerned citizens". So, who's in? If you aren't comfortable chatting on this open forum then hit me up off-line my mobile is 626 367-0637 and my email is cziegler@champmail.com. This may be as easy as packing council chambers with citizens at public comment time (20 minutes) as doing so would strongly communicate an intollerance for the status quo. If you remember when the city had closed the saw pit trail at Norumbega Drive: Initally, Dave Fike, ur public works director at the time, had said the users were, 'littering jerks and lost the use of the trail permanently', After the citizens packed chambers that position changed to, 'We can't punish everyone due to the conduct of a few bad citizens'. Ultimately, the city changed their support of the closure and became a champion/defender of the rights of the public. At the end of the day, the citizens are the boss and when we remind the electeds to this fact things can change quite quickly!
rubberband January 25, 2014 at 07:16 PM
"Build a network of concerned citizens"........good idea. Here is a link to the calendar of the city, and meetings coming up.... http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/calendar.................................. if you miss a meeting and want to see what happened and what issues came up: http://kgem.tv/category/monrovia/monrovia-city-council/

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