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ANAHEIM : New Deputy City Manager Is Hired

Pasadena’s director of public works and transportation has been hired as Anaheim’s deputy city manager. Tom Wood will leave for his new job on Sept. 3.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity, a real challenge to work in the position I’ve been offered,” said Wood, 38, a resident of Huntington Beach. “My objective is to become a city manager someday. This was a chance that I really couldn’t turn down, as difficult as it is to leave a place like (Pasadena).”

He said that he had been recruited by Anaheim. “Unfortunately, there are not too many positions like that in Southern California,” he said. “When they become available, you’ve got to go for them.”

Wood’s annual salary will increase from $85,000 to $98,000.

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While working for Pasadena, he helped to create, among other things, a recycling program, a citywide tree-planting project and a program to encourage the use of car pools and mass transit by city employees.

A native of Hacienda Heights, Wood worked for the city of Long Beach for 13 years before going to Pasadena.


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