Morro Bay hires interim city manager for estimated $13K per month

The city of Morro Bay has named a new interim city manager.

Ed Kreins was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Andrea Lueker, who went on administrative leave Dec. 12 and ended her employment with the city Jan. 3.

Susan Slayton, the city’s administrative services director, was appointed acting city manager in December while an interim city manager was recruited. Slayton’s annual salary of $140,042 was increased to $150,430 in December. Mayor Jamie Irons said Thursday that Slayton will return to her previous duties and salary level when Kreins begins working.

Kreins, a former Beverly Hills city manager, is expected to start as early February and will be working on an hourly rate; the city anticipates he’ll earn $13,000 per month, Slayton said in a news release.

Kreins served as city manager of Beverly Hills for 11 years. Since his retirement, he has been interim city manager for the cities of Livermore, Calabasas, Seaside, Pismo Beach, Solvang, Hollister, and interim general manager of the Nipomo Community Services District.

The city will now search for a permanent city manager. Irons said Kreins will be helping with the transition.