By Billy Lopez
UPDATE NOV. 11, 2020: San Dimas City Council voted 5-0 to approve the hire of Chris Constantin as city manager during the City Council meeting on Nov. 10, 2020.
San Dimas City Council will vote to approve the appointment of Chris Constantin to city manager during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Peckham & McKenney, an executive search firm, conducted a recruitment to fill the city manager position in San Dimas. According to the City Council report, Constantin was one of 71 candidates who applied and among the top six interviewed by the Council.
Constantin has 20 years of local government experience and will be coming from the city of Chico, California, where he has served as the assistant city manager for the past six years.
If approved, Constantin will start on Jan. 4, 2021, and the Interim City Manager Brad McKinney will return to his previous role as assistant city manager.
City managers are appointed by the Mayor and City Council collectively and serve as the chief executive of the city. Their main duties include working with city officials in implementing the policies, goals and objectives of the city. They are responsible for delivering city services, supporting and developing the downtown and local businesses and maintaining a high responsiveness to residents.
The city manager oversees the city budget and ensures the city’s short- and long-term financial sustainability. The city manager provides recommendations and guidance to the city mouncil on the budget, policy and operational objectives.
The city manager is also responsible for overseeing all city staff personnel and meets with the various heads of departments to identify and resolve issues that arise from staff and residents.