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Morro Bay hires interim city manager to help find permanent person for the job

Martin Lomeli is no stranger to the job of interim city manager. He’s also filled that position in Irwindale, La Puente and Upland.
Martin Lomeli is no stranger to the job of interim city manager. He’s also filled that position in Irwindale, La Puente and Upland.

Morro Bay has named an interim city manager as it searches for a permanent replacement to fill the position vacated by David Buckingham, who resigned in June.

Martin Lomeli, who served as the city manager for the city of La Verne for 23 years, was appointed to the temporary position on Wednesday.

Lomeli, a retired Morro Bay resident, also has served in interim city manager roles for the cities of Irwindale, La Puente and Upland. He has about 30 years of experience working in government.

Lomeli’s contract was approved by the City Council at its Tuesday meeting. He’ll earn $76.92 per hour, and he is limited to working no more than 960 hours under the contract.

“My No. 1 duty will be to help recruit a permanent city manager and continue the work on projects underway to keep them on track,” Lomeli said. “I’m concerned about the future of the city and want to contribute any way I can.”

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