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Johnson will fill in as Council continues search for Podegracz’s replacement

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: Nov. 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated: Nov. 21, 2015 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — The city has found a temporary replacement for Mike Podegracz as it continues its search for a new city manager.

The City Council recently passed a resolution to appoint Brian D. Johnson to interim city manager effective Dec. 4. as Podegracz leaves his post after 15 years with Hesperia.

The Daily Press reported in July that Podegracz surprised most of the Council when he shared that he would be leaving. Podegracz, 59, shared the news of his departure during closed session, then made a public announcement via city spokeswoman Rachel Molina.

The Council told the Daily Press that it has been in the recruitment process since the summer. During Tuesday’s Council meeting, a staff agenda said the recruitment process will not be completed by Dec. 4.

“Mr. Johnson has been with the city for 15 years and is responsible for overseeing the finance and human resources divisions,” Molina told the Daily Press. He is a great asset to the City of Hesperia and will instrumental during the transition to a new city manager.”

Until a new city manager is is hired, Johnson will execute the day-to-day management of Hesperia, lead and coordinate the city’s effort to continue to maintain strategic and operational plans, and to act as the executive director of the Hesperia Water District, Hesperia Housing Authority, Hesperia Fire District, and the Hesperia Community Development Commission, a staff report said.

Johnson, who will celebrate his 15th year with the city next month, began his career as Hesperia’s director of management services. He also served as assistant city manager – management services in October 2005.

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