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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/06/14, 11:22 PM PDT | Updated: 47 secs ago

UPLAND >> City leaders are hoping the third time’s the charm in its search to replace – on an interim basis – retiring City Manager Stephen Dunn. A third special closed session meeting will be held Monday afternoon to discuss the possible hiring of an interim city manager.

“I’m hoping we have an answer by Monday,” said Mayor Ray Musser after a 90-minute meeting Friday afternoon ended with no decision.

The council has until June 30 to select someone to fill the void for the next six months. Dunn announced on May 27 he would retire after 13 years with the city, the last three as city manager.

Musser said the council has reviewed “about six” resumes. The city has only received one application and the remaining candidates for the post have been referred to the city by people in the community, he added.

Besides the city’s financial woes, Musser explained the difficulty the council faces.

“How do you get someone so quick?” he asked. “We want somebody who can jump in and help us through the issues.”

Without disclosing the names of the candidates, Musser said they are all retirees who have been city managers.

At Friday’s meeting, the council met privately with former La Verne City Manager Martin Lomeli, who declined to comment.

A long time employee, Lomeli began working for La Verne in 1981 and became the city manager in 1987.

When he retired from La Verne in 2010, Lomeli’s annual salary was $195,000. He is no stranger to stepping in on an interim basis either. In 2011, Irwindale gave Lomeli a six-month contract for $90,000 to serve as the city’s chief executive.

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