Steve Mermell offered City Manager job

Steve Mermell offered City Manager job

The newest Pasadena City Manager, Steve Mermell. Courtesy of the City of Pasadena.

PASADENA — The City Council offered Interim City Manager Steve Mermell a permanent position last night, after a closed-door city council session. Mayor Terry Tornek made the announcement. Contract negotiations are pending.

Mermell has worked in various Pasadena city departments for 27 years, starting as an administrative analyst at Pasadena Water and Power. According to his bio on the City of Pasadena website,  served as purchasing administrator, budget administrator and deputy director of finance. He served as an assistant city manager under Michael J. Beck.

Beck left in February for an administrative position at UCLA. Bob Murray and Associates conducted a natoonwide search for Beck’s replacement. 

The City Council settled on Mermell after interviews on June 17 and July 6. The process was briefly stalled due to scheduling conflicts, with Tornek comparing the process to “herding cats”, according to . However, Tornek remained confident that an announcement would come in early July, a promise fulfilled with Mermell’s monday night appointment.

Some speakers during public hearing congratulated Mermell on his new position. Burke Farrar, with Odyssey Development Services, said that he has worked with many officials in other cities who have had to move on from their positions, due to lack of promotion. Pasadena is not such a place, Farrar was happy to note.

 

By Hugo Guzman

Managing Editor

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