Jarrod Burguan

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks about first responders sharing their stories of their roles and heroic efforts in the San Bernardino mass shooting during a press conference at the San Bernardino Police Department in San Bernardino. (Rachel Luna — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/21/15 – 9:17 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday unanimously chose the Burbank city manager to be this city’s interim manager beginning Feb. 8 and Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to fill in from Jan. 1 until then.

The arrangement keeps someone in the top unelected position after City Manager Allen Parker’s negotiated resignation, which is effective Dec. 31.

Burbank City Manager Mark Scott’s contract is not yet available for review, but according to Chief Deputy City Attorney Jolena Grider he was given a one-year contract, for $248,000, with a 30-day notice to terminate and the same benefits as other members of the management/confidential bargaining group.

That’s $19,000 per year more than Parker had been making, but about $40,000 less than Scott’s Burbank salary was before he announced his resignation in November, according to the public compensation database Transparent California.

Scott said he expressed interest in the San Bernardino city manager job a few days before the Dec. 2 terrorism attack and has seen the city’s heart since then.

“I’m at the point in my career where I’m looking to join a high-functioning team,” Scott said, “and I believe you’ve got many people here — including yourselves (elected officials), including people in the audience — who are capable of fulfilling the promise.”

Scott will continue in Burbank until the first week of February, but he’ll spend a significant amount of time in San Bernardino until then, he said. Scott stayed at Monday’s City Council meeting until it ended shortly after 8 p.m.

Councilman John Valdivia proposed removing housing assistance from Scott’s compensation. But when City Attorney Gary Saenz said it would be helpful to keep it — given that relocation for a year can be expensive, and it’s good to have a city manager who lives in the city — and no other council members supported the idea, Valdivia joined the unanimous vote.

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