Fontana Seal

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/28/2013 09:29:54 PM PDT
Updated: 07/28/2013 11:20:23 PM PDT

FONTANA — City Manager Ken Hunt is a survivor.

“He rides the economic waves in good times and bad times,” said Councilman Michael Tahan. “He maneuvers creatively.”

Last week, the City Council approved a five-year contract for Hunt to remain the city’s top administrator, a job he has held since 1999.

“I think he is one of the best city managers in the state of California,” Tahan said.

As part of his contract, he gets a 5 percent raise — but only in the first of the five years. His basic salary grows from $264,600 to $277,000 under the new contract, Tahan said.

“He is worth every penny — and then some,” said Mayor Acquanetta Warren. “We live within our means and don’t have financial issues. We just passed another balanced budget.

“He is the city manager of a city with over 209,000 people. His salary is below some of the neighboring cities.”

Hunt is “good with his management team and his staff,” Warren said. “I want him to stay.”

“I am very happy to be where I am,” Hunt said. “I consider it to be a real honor to work with the people I work with. They deserve the credit for Fontana’s progress,”

Hunt, 53, doesn’t jump from place to place professionally nor in his personal life.

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