Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/07/2011 09:00:36 PM PST

UPLAND – The city will continue to push forward despite having temporarily lost its city manager.

City Manager Robb Quincey was placed on paid leave of absence Tuesday for undisclosed reasons, but his duties will be carried out by Finance Director Stephen Dunn.

Dunn, who has worked for the city for 10 years, will handle the city manager position in the interim along with his normal financial responsibilities.

“Because Robb’s status is undetermined, I’m going to act like he’s on vacation because, until I know otherwise, that’s all I can do,” Dunn said. “I have acted in his absence in the past … while he’s been out on vacation or a business trip.”

This is the second time Dunn has been made interim city
manager. He filled the job for a little over a month in 2005 after then-City Manager Michael Milhiser resigned.

Quincey was hired soon after.

Dunn’s past experience as interim city manager was one of the reasons the council appointed him to the post for a second time, Councilman Ray Musser said.

“He did it before Robb came so he knows how to do it, and, after all, he’s specifically worked with Robb,” Musser said. “He certainly should be able to do it better than before. I think it was a logical decision.”

As finance director, Dunn reviews the work of Finance Department employees.

“I’m more of a bigger-picture guy and more of a review because it’s one of these things where you have to spot check,” he said.

As interim city manager, Dunn will deal with issues related to all departments.

“It’s my job to work with the City Council on setting policy,” he said. “The city manager is tasked with running day-to-day operations.”

Dunn has met with department heads and spoken to members of the council.

Part of Dunn’s duties will include helping newly elected Councilman Gino Filippi learn the ropes.

Filippi was elected to the council on Nov. 2. He has one regular Upland City Council meeting under his belt as well as two special meetings.

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