A third long-time top Palm Springs city official could be departing the city soon, it was announced Friday.
If Assistant City Manager Marcus Fuller lands a job as city manager of Rialto in San Bernardino County, his last day in Palm Springs would be June 17. The Rialto City Council is slated to vote on his employment contract on May 25.
“It’s always disappointing to lose a valuable member of the team like Marcus. But I am not surprised that he’s been given this opportunity,” Palm Springs City Manager Justin Clifton said. “Marcus is exceedingly talented and highly productive. He will bring great leadership and valuable experience to the city of Rialto and I’m certain he’ll be very successful.”
Fuller has worked at Palm Springs City Hall for about 20 years. He worked a brief stint in Rialto before then-City Manager David Ready tapped him to return in 2014 for his current role, which involves assisting the city manager in administering city departments and accomplishing other tasks related to programs and project. There was no immediate word on who would replace him.
If selected for the Rialto job, he would be the third top official in Palm Springs city government announce plans to depart city employment in recent months, whether through retirement or other employment prospects as was the case for Fuller.
Palm Springs Police Department Chief Bryan Reyes announced retirement plans Thursday, effective Aug. 23, after 27 years at the department, more than six of those as police chief.
A search for his replacement is underway. It was unclear whether city officials would seek a candidate outside the department or hire from within, which is what landed Reyes the job of the city’s top cop in February 2016.
Ready, Fuller’s prior boss, announced retirement plans last October. He had been the city’s top administrator since 2000. Clifton, who arrived from Sedona, Arizona, replaced him last month.
Whoever Fuller’s replacement is will have to assist Clifton in continuing the process of working with diminished revenue that city coffers sustained during the coronavirus pandemic, as other tourism-reliant cities in the Coachella Valley have had to do.
The Palm Springs City Council voted last June to adopt a fiscal year budget that included steps to address a projected $47 million shortfall.
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