By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/09/2013 03:45:41 PM PST
Updated: 01/09/2013 08:45:22 PM PST
Special Section: San Bernardino
SAN BERNARDINO — Acting City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller, credited with discovering many of the problems that led the city to file for bankruptcy and guiding the city through that process, has accepted a position as executive director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.
Travis-Miller confirmed Wednesday that she’s planning to take the job, but the full board of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments must approve the decision.
If approved, Travis-Miller would go from running a city government that serves 200,000 people to leading an agency responsible for longterm planning in a valley of 2 million residents in 31 cities.
“I think there is a lot of interesting opportunities there,” she said during a brief phone interview. “And it’s in L.A. County.”
San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris said Travis-Miller told him of the possibility Wednesday, saying she’d accepted the possible job on the condition she could stay in San Bernardino for at least 30 days and could continue to occasionally help if the bankruptcy filing demanded it.
“We have a committed interim city manager who is not resigning at all, and even if chosen for the position, which is not a given, she will give us time and effort,” Morris said. “She has been a remarkable professional.”
City Hall observers had expected the decision since Travis-Miller declined to become full-time city manager after former City Manager Charles McNeely resigned in April, but they say her absence still will leave a hole in a city struggling through steep budget cuts and a precedent-setting bankruptcy case.
“She was the right person at the right time for a short period, and I think both she and others realized this wasn’t going to be good for the long term,” said City Attorney James F. Penman. “…We’ll miss her and wish her well. I think she did a great job here.”
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