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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/18/14, 3:06 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn may be making his way to back to City Hall but this time as a councilman.

Dunn has announced he intends to pick up the paperwork necessary to run for the elected position. He would join Councilman Gino Filippi and Planning Commissioner Carol Timm who already have obtained documents for the position.

Less then a month since he left his job, Dunn said people are constantly sending him emails, phone calls and are talking to him about city issues. Many have also asked whether he has entertained the idea of running for the council.

Dunn admits he is not sure if he will turn in the documents.

“I’m still undecided,” he said, adding he still needs to do some “soul-searching” if he wants to go through the process. “I do care a lot about the city. I live in Upland, and I do want it to become one of the best cities in the San Bernardino County.”

The filing period for the three available spots on the council opened Monday. The deadline to submit the necessary paperwork is Aug. 8, but if an incumbent doesn’t file — councilman Brendan Brandt has said will not run — the filing period will be extended to Aug. 13.

With three seats up for election this year, the council race is a bit more open after Brandt announced he would not seek re-election.

Filippi, who is seeking a second term, and has already returned his paperwork to run,

“I think he would be an incredible council member. There’s no one else as knowledgeable as he is and I welcome the opportunity to serve with him on the council,” Filippi said.

Timm said she has spent the last three months walking the community talking to voters.

“They are fed up with the current council. They have had four years to make a change and move forward,” she said. “We need someone who is knowledgeable and will be proactive like me to fill these three seats.”

As a member of the council, Timm said her goal would be to protect the city from bankruptcy, and a council member needs to be able to “act in difficult situations to protect the city. Effective leadership leads to action.”

Timm said she was at the Rotary meeting Wednesday morning when Dunn made the announcement. She said that Dunn has not only has the experience, but they both understand what the council needs to do to pull Upland in a positive direction.

Councilwoman Debbie Stone said she plans on pick up her papers for the council this week.

Dunn admits that some of the drive to run for the council comes from the feeling of unfinished business. Dunn retired June 30 after a somewhat tenuous relationship with some members of the council. His departure has set off a search for a new chief executive as the city struggles with having a solvent budget in the future.

Dunn said he could have been the city manager for at least another 10 years, or long enough to get the city out of the situation it is in.

As the city manager for the past three years, and as its finance director, Dunn said he feels he is more than qualified for the position and has a better understanding of what the city needs than any other candidate.

“I know the city problems pretty well to know some to know some of the issues of setting policy. I can be an asset to help drive the City Council to a positive outcome,” Dunn said. “I can be part of the process.”

Along the same lines the council needs to set priorities for the services it wants to provide residents and determine the level it can deliver those services, Dunn said.

To Dunn, some of those priorities include street improvements and increasing public safety, adding he thinks there is not enough police officers.

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