George Harris to take Rialto position
December 26, 2011 1:21 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • George Harris, Adelanto’s finance director, is leaving one of the city’s top posts to take over as director of administrative and community service for the city of Rialto. His resignation takes effect Jan. 5.

Harris, who worked for Adelanto for a little more than three years, has helped the city launch job fairs, create a recreation department and get caught up on long overdue financial audits. He oversaw the sale of the city-owned, medium-security prison to private operator The Geo Group for $28 million to replenish the city’s depleted reserves.

“I feel like a lot got accomplished and I’m proud I was able to lay a really good foundation for the staff. I think we got over some major hurdles,” Harris said. “I think that (Adelanto) is relatively stable for the next three years. We sold the prison to get five year’s worth of money, and we’re a year and a half into that. The city needs to get a permanent revenue solution to balance its budget.”

Adelanto is not looking to hire a full-time replacement for the next six months or so to save some money while evaluating potential candidates. The city instead will hire Onyx Johnson, former Rialto finance manager and consultant for the cities of Banning and El Monte, to work about two days a week, City Manager Jim Hart said.

Harris returns to Rialto, where he previously worked as a senior administrative analyst, to begin his new role Jan. 5. He’ll oversee finance, human resources and recreation as he works to patch Rialto’s operating budget deficit.

Harris said the plan is for Adelanto to retain him as a consultant to see through the city’s efforts to build a new state prison for high-risk inmates. The City Council has not yet approved a consulting contract with Harris

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