Scott Barber

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 05 December 2011 08:29 PM

After collecting more than 40 applications and interviewing seven people for the job, the Riverside City Council on Monday named interim city manager Scott Barber to the post permanently.

Barber, 52, was one of three finalists for the job. He has been the city’s community development director since mid-2005, when previous city manager Brad Hudson recruited him from Riverside County’s transportation land management agency.

Officials still are working out details of Barber’s contract such as his salary. He earned $200,466 as interim city manager.

Barber has 25 years’ experience in local government, most of it with Riverside County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Riverside and a master of business administration from California Baptist University.

Though the city spent $30,000 on a recruiting firm and considered outside candidates, Councilman Mike Gardner said Barber impressed the council in interviews with his ideas for the city’s future direction.

For example, Gardner said, Barber plans to reorganize the development department to focus more on luring new jobs and businesses to the city, and he came up with a way to finance a second phase of Renaissance, shorthand for the five-year public works initiative the city is now wrapping up.

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