The Oakley City Council will be considering recruiting an executive search firm to fill the vacant City Manager position. People need to speak to council members regarding the subject. Mayor Higgins and Vice Mayor Pope went rogue, with the help of City Attorney Cole, and proceeded, behind the backs of City Council members, to select Joshua McMurray to be the Interim City Manager. My perspective is we need a search firm to complete a nationwide search for the new City Manager. The search firm would find three candidates for the entire City Council to interview the three candidates and select one to be the new City Manager. City residents are entitled to have a commitment from City Council members to respect the selection criteria and not “go sideways” and choose a person that the search firm did not recommend.
Incidentally, there is evidence that the Indio City Manager Bryan Montgomery continues to have communication with council members (trust me, not I) and city staff.
George Fuller, MPA, MA City Councilmember, City of Oakley