Grand Terrace

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/19/14, 6:59 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> In the midst of troubled finances and changing faces in top leadership roles, the City Council has appointed Kenneth Henderson to the interim city manager for the next year.

Henderson, who has a 35-year history in public service, was appointed at Tuesday’s council meeting.

City Manager Betsy Adams announced her resignation in November and plans to help Henderson transition into the new role for the next two weeks.

That role will be full of challenges, a future not lost on Henderson.

“I’m probably as familiar with the city as any of the candidates, but that’s nothing compared to when you come here to work and find out what the challenges are,” Henderson said. “And having the person who’s managed the ship for four years through thick and thin at your side to get you off on the right foot — the importance of that can’t be overstated.”

In March 2010, Councilman Jim Miller — who had been charged with a single felony count for an alleged conflict-of-interest violation — resigned.

That started a political transformation for a city that had long operated under a unified policy, with Councilman Bernardo Sandoval — who announced his resignation last week — and Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz running as a ticket in 2010 to draw attention to what they said were abuses of the Redevelopment Agency and a coming fiscal crisis they said had been papered over by previous officials.

That crisis was sharply accelerated by the statewide elimination of redevelopment agencies. And so began a series of drastic cuts that culminated in November’s $1.5 million utility tax vote.

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