10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

The Riverside City Council chose Community Development Director Scott Barber to serve as interim city manager while it seeks a permanent replacement for Brad Hudson.

Barber, 51, will assume the temporary post Aug. 15. He has worked for the city since August 2005 and has nearly 25 years of experience in the public sector, according to information from the city.

“We have a dedicated staff here. We have the best management team you could hope for,” Barber said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The council is expected to hire a search firm to find a new city manager, but no announcement has been made about that process. Officials hope to fill the position by the end of the year.

After six years as Riverside’s top administrator, Hudson is leaving to become chief executive of Sacramento County. He will be feted at a City Hall reception Aug. 9 before he leaves at the end of that week.

Hudson himself was recruited from Riverside County’s economic development agency after council members at the time weren’t satisfied with any of the applicants to replace George Caravalho, whom they had fired.

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