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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/22/14, 10:00 PM PDT | Updated: 35 secs ago

UPLAND >> Even before City Manager Rod Butler began his first hour on the job, he had already issued his first assignment for all employees.

Their task: to tell Butler three things positive about Upland and three things that need improvement. Butler made the request Monday during an early-morning meet-and-greet in the council chambers of City Hall.

Employees will have 30 days to report back to their new executive and within 60 days, he will come back with recommendations.

“He wants honest feedback, from the top to the bottom,” said Mayor Ray Musser during Monday night’s council meeting. “That’s good; that’s what we want.”

For his part, Butler, 50, shared four priorities he wanted to see achieved within his first year. Those key areas are communication, accountability, vision and ethics.

“I had a real good session with a large number of employees. I talked a little bit about my background and some priorities I see within the organization within my first year,” Butler said Monday night.

Formerly the city manager of Patterson, Butler grew up in Upland and has maintained a home in the northern part of Rancho Cucamonga.

Prior to working Patterson, Butler has worked in Claremont, Chino, Ontario and Pomona.

Former La Verne City Manager Martin Lomeli had been filling in on an interim basis and conducting a search for the permanent choice. Butler was selected as the new city manager in July.

Butler will earn a base salary of $189,629 and will receive the same benefits as the rest of the city’s executive management team for a three-year term with potential extensions.

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