New city manager given one-year term
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/06/2011 08:27:31 PM PDT

UPLAND – After several months of controversy involving city leadership, the City Council has hired a new city manager.

Stephen Dunn, the city’s finance director and interim city manager, was hired by the council during a special meeting Monday.

The council came to a unanimous oral agreement during closed session to offer Dunn a one-year contract.

“Mr. Dunn has been here a long time and deserves this,” Mayor Ray Musser said. “We feel he is the best city manager in this particular time to give us the guidance. One of our biggest challenges is in the financial area.”

Dunn, who has worked for the city for the past 10 years, will be given $189,425 in compensation and $65,119 in benefits, for a total of $254,544.

The one-year term was Dunn’s idea.

He has been interim city manager since former City Manager Robb Quincey was placed on paid leave of absence on Jan. 4. Quincey was terminated in May 4 for breaching his employment contract and failing to follow council direction.

Quincey was costing the city more than $460,000 a year in salary and benefits.

The City Council last month decided to hire a consultant to help them recruit a new city manager.

The city received several responses, all of which were too costly and would leave the city without permanent leadership for a few months, Councilman Ken Willis said.

The city is working on its 2011-12 fiscal year budget. It is also holding a special election to fill a council vacancy at the end of August.

“We learned a lot through this process of examination but the thing is it all landed back on the smartest, best thing to do for the community of Upland was to hire this man,” Willis said. “I feel that at the end of the day we did the right thing.”

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