Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/17/2011 02:01:00 PM PDT

RIALTO – Mike Story has lived here since 1980.

He raised two children, coaching softball and soccer in the process.

For 27 years he has worked for the city of Rialto.

This week he became city administrator and is already at work to come up with recommendations to trim the city’s budget and reorganize city departments.

Story, 54, replaces Police Chief Mark Kling, who since early February has also been interim city administrator.

Kling goes back to wearing just one hat – Rialto’s police chief. He could not be reached for comment.

The City Council asked the law enforcement veteran to temporarily also become city administrator after that post became vacant when Henry Garcia accepted a job to be Moreno Valley’s top administrator.

Garcia had been Rialto’s city administrator for 10 years.

Story grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in political science.

His first job was in Duarte where he worked as a city planner. Later he became a city planner for Fontana.

He joined Rialto as an associate planner in 1985 and became a senior planner in 1990. In 2002 he was named director of development services, which includes planning, development and engineering activities for the city.

“The city (of Rialto) has been very kind to me. I will do my best to serve this city. I never thought I would have an opportunity to do this,” he said.

Among the more pressing tasks facing Story is coming to grips with the city’s budget for the current fiscal year.

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