10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside council members will put off appointing an interim city manager until July 12 and may not appoint one even then, officials said after a closed-door discussion Tuesday.

City Manager Brad Hudson told the council last week he has accepted a job as Sacramento County’s top executive and will start in mid-August. Because he’s expected to be around for at least another month, council members felt no urgency to appoint a temporary replacement.

“My view is that Brad Hudson is going to be here through early August, and we still have not decided on exactly what sort of a process we want to use to search for a new city manager,” Councilman Mike Gardner said.

Council members discussed those issues in closed session Tuesday but took no action.

If the council fills the job quickly, there may be no need for an interim city manager, Gardner said. A national search could take three to six months, in which case the council likely would appoint someone temporarily.

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