After nearly two years without a permanent city administrator, the City Council has decided to fill the position from within.
Acting City Administrator Henry Garcia, 34, is expected to be approved Monday by the City Council.
Garcia became acting city administrator Sept. 1 after serving as assistant city administrator since May 13. He was recommended for the job by interim City Administrator George Caswell, who has held the job on a one-year contract.
"The council is pretty happy with him," Mayor Eugene F. Moses said. Garcia is "the first man (the council found) with the qualifications to do the job and the first people-oriented man," the mayor said. Garcia has well-rounded experiences in finances and redevelopment, Moses said. "He cares about people," he added.
Before being hired in Azusa, Garcia was an assistant city manager for the city of San Jacinto and administrative analyst for the city of Fontana, where he was responsible for the budget.
Garcia earned a master's degree in political science and public administration from the University of California at Riverside, Moses said.
The city has had two temporary administrators since December, 1989, when Julio Fuentes left the job after two years to take a job as city administrator for Pomona. Fred Diaz became interim city administrator in December, 1989, but his selection caused division on the council because some believed he lacked experience, Moses said. He left the position in October, 1990.
An outside search a year ago failed to produce an acceptable candidate for the $90,000-a-year position, Moses said.
Caswell, who is also the acting city manager for the city of Irwindale, was "the first one all five council members were satisfied with," Moses said. Caswell took the job for a year starting in November, 1990, but only on a part-time basis.