Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 08/03/2010 10:04:49 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – The star of Monday evening’s City Council meeting was Ed Starr, whose contract as the new city manager was approved.

Starr succeeds Lee McDougal, who retired in June after 18 years in the position. The contract calls for no increase in Starr’s assistant city manager pay of $163,400.

“I am absolutely excited about being city manager,” said the 56-year-old Pomona resident. “I think I am well prepared for the responsibilities – it’s what I’ve worked for for most of my adult life.”

Starr will also serve as city treasurer.

Before Starr joined the city in 1980, he served in the Air Force from 1973 to 1978.

He attended Cal State Fullerton and received a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in U.S. history, and a master’s degree in public administration. He later became McDougal’s administrative analyst.

“My objective was ultimately to become city manager. I was not interested in being a politician. It’s not my forte.”

Starr describes himself as an administrator, hands-on worker who is very involved. He says he’s not at his best delegating nor is he a micro-manager.

“I just really like to do `my projects’ and `my jobs’ because I can guarantee the quality of work that I do and I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist,” he said. “I want to make sure my I’s are dotted and every T is crossed.”

That explains a work schedule of 60 hours a week with Fridays off. He also serves on the Pomona Planning Commission.

To help prepare Starr for his role as city manager, he was appointed acting city manager while McDougal spent the last five months before retirement on special assignment.

“(Starr) has been the best person for this position the last four to five years,” McDougal said.

“He’s one of the brightest people I’ve ever met in my life. He’s very smart and he knows the operations of the city, municipal government – inside and out – and he’s very good with the City Council. ”

For the next year, Starr will continue to be paid at his deputy city manager rate.

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