City Administrator Quits to Become Colton Manager

Azusa City Administrator Henry Garcia is leaving to become city manager of the Inland Empire city of Colton.

Garcia, 40, city administrator for the last six years, signed a contract Thursday to become Colton’s top official.

“Colton is a wealth of opportunities,” Garcia said. “Azusa has been my home for the last 6 1/2 years and I will miss it.”

The Colton City Council on Monday hired Garcia after reviewing a field of 49 candidates, said Lenn Wood, Colton’s interim city manager.

Garcia will start Jan. 12 and will earn $135,000, a $5,000 raise from his Azusa job. Colton, in San Bernardino County, has a slightly larger population than Azusa’s 42,000.


“Henry is on the rise. He is good guy. A lot of cities were interested in him,” said Councilman Dick Stanford.

Meanwhile, Azusa City Council members said they will consider next Monday whether to appoint the police chief, the water and power manager or another official as interim city administrator.