Santa Clara City Council voted Tuesday to hire Alhambra City Manager Julio Fuentes. Fuentes will leave Alhambra at the end of January and take the position of Santa Clara City Manager on Feb. 4.
City officials said they were attracted to Fuentes, who was city manager for 20 years, because of his ability to bring business opportunities to Alhambra.
Fuentes will earn $290,000 a year at his new position, along with an additional $29,000 for moving and housing and an auto allowance of $6,460 a year. Santa Clara's City Manager salary was in the top 15 out of more than 450 cities statewide in 2010, according to the state comptroller's office. (Compton's City Manager topped the list). Fuentes earned a base salary of $210,000 in 2010.
Fuentes told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that he'll miss Alhambra but is looking forward to the change. "It's a very pretty city and a very accomplished community and there are a lot of incredible things that are provided in that community," Fuentes said. "So it's certainly a very good opportunity."
Alhambra council members have not discussed Fuentes' replacement but will likely choose from three city employees in the interim, according to the Tribune. Mayor Barbara Messina said they will discuss the issue at their Dec. 10 meeting.
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