Councilman David Ryu Monday called for a nationwide search to find the successor to Los Angeles’ top adviser to the mayor and City Council and warned against quickly picking someone for “one one of our most important” posts.
Incumbent Miguel Santana announced last week that he is stepping down.
Santana is leaving after seven years of serving as the city administrative officer to become CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, which manages the Fairplex in Pomona. His last official day on the job is Jan. 16.
“Keeping our city’s finances in order to deliver more for our neighborhoods is one of our most important responsibilities. The city must conduct a nationwide search to identify an independent candidate with the astute knowledge, leadership, and vision to advise the city’s policy makers,” Ryu said. “Although it may be tempting to quickly pick a successor for this vital position, it is important that the city take its time to identify a candidate who will lead with pragmatic and independent counsel.”
Santana directs the city’s day-to-day financial management, leads the city’s negotiations with its employee labor groups and heads up an office that provides advice and support on a variety of policy issues for the city.
Ryu also had words of praise for Santana.
“Miguel Santana is regarded as one of the toughest fiscal hawks and innovative problem solvers in the city of Los Angeles,” Ryu said. “During his tenure as the city administrative officer, he was instrumental in the recovery efforts from the city’s budget shortfalls and pushed for difficult decisions to protect taxpayer dollars. Mr. Santana’s pragmatic leadership earned him the reputation as an effective and honest advisor to the mayor and the 15 city council members.”
–City News Service