Santa Paula: New Assistant City Manager and Outgoing Mayor

By Sheryl Hamlin

Santa Paula has not filled the position of Assistant City Manager for several years. One of the first items on newly hired City Manager Rock’s agenda was to fill this position. He said he could partially pay for the position with the one-time franchise fee application from Athens Services. Mr. Rock, City Manager, explained that the new Assistant City Manager would be involved in economic development and IT management.

The posted job description can be read here. The job pays in the range of $119,321.28 to $145,036.32 annually with $978.11 per month in cafeteria benefits. There were 30 applications.

Mr. Ikani Taumoepeau comes from Morro Bay where he was hired in late 2016 as Deputy City Manager. Read announcement of his hiring in Morro Bay here. Prior to Morro Bay, he held positions in Eagle Mountain, Utah and Orem, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University where he played rugby. He has a degree is Public Administration and speaks “fluent” Spanish, according to Mr. Rock. His name is Polynesian.

Speaking to the council and the audience, the new Assistant City Manager said he was here to serve and gave out his phone number: 801-722-8219.

Ikani Taumoepeau, Assistant City Manager

Outgoing Mayor Crosswhite

The presentation to the outgoing mayor was truncated on December 4, 2018 due to the fire, so the full ceremony was held on December 18, 2017. Mayor Gherardi presented the commemorative gavel to former mayor Crosswhite.

Mayor Gherardi presents to outgoing Mayor Crosswhite

Council Member Crosswhite said it was a honor to serve as mayor of Santa Paula, a special place with special people. Council Member Hernandez thanked Member Crosswhite for her exemplary service where she emphasized likenesses rather than differences. Member Procter thanked Member Crosswhite for a good year during a period of transition.

In responding to Member Procter’s comment about the learning curve of the mayoral position, Member Crosswhite said: “…you’re finally there then it’s time to go …”

This brilliant and practical statement from an ordained minister encapsulates the human condition. We are born, we learn, and then we move on to the next step. Brava.

To watch the meeting, click here.

To read a previous report on this meeting, click here and here.

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