By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 12/03/14, 8:17 PM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

Colton city officials hired an interim city manager this week after six months of the position being vacant after the former top administrator was placed on leave then fired.

The City Council unanymously voted to hire Josefina “Josie” Mendez Kenline as interim city manager at a city council meeting Tuesday.

It was the newly seated council’s first major decision after being sworn in Tuesday. New Colton Mayor Richard DeLaRosa took the oath of office along with re-elected councilman David Toro and new council member Luis “Dr. G” Gonzalez. Outgoing Mayor Sarah Zamora administered the oath of office to her daughter Summer Zamora Jorrin who was elected to a council seat.

The council’s decision to hire an interim city manager leaves the search for a permanent city manager still in the works. Colton has faced a difficult year after a major financial error and firing former City Manager Stephen Compton who was placed on paid administrative leave in June before being fired Aug. 21. A personnel investigation showed he overspent his contract authority, but he has said the overspending was to investigate potential wrongdoing and financial issues at the city.

Kenline, 52, will temporarily fill the position until a permanent replacement is found. She spoke at the council meeting before her contract was approved and has said she hopes to bring unity to city operations, tackle the budget and provide city services without increasing debt.

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