Recruitment Updates—Building the New Team
We are moving forward with the recruitment process for Jurupa Valley’s first full-time in-house Executive Team. Here is a quick rundown on each open position:
Economic Development Manager—Success at last! After a few fits and starts, we now have a new Economic Development Manager named Jose Bazua. Jose has over 25 years of experience in economic development in Los Angeles County. For the last few years he has worked in the private sector as an Economic Development Consultant, but prior to that he worked for the City of Montebello for 16 years as an Economic Development Project Coordinator and an Economic Development Director. Jose started earlier this month and was introduced at the August 20 City Council meeting.
Community Development Director—The application period closed on Friday, July 17. We had 56 applicants for the position. Panel interviews were held on August 20 at City Hall, and we are down to two strong finalists, who I will be interviewing later this week. We expect to make an employment offer within the next two weeks.
Public Works Director/City Engineer—Bob Murray and Associates has been selected as the recruitment firm for this position. The application closing date was August 2. We received approximately twenty applications. Panel interviews were held on August 26 at City Hall, and we are now down to a small group of finalists who I will interview in the next two weeks. We anticipate making an employment offer before the end of September.
Assistant City Manager—Bob Murray and Associates has been selected as the recruitment firm for this position. The application period closed on August 16, and we had a huge response: over 110 applications for the position. Executive Recruiter Valerie Phillips is conducting her initial review of the resumes, and we have scheduled panel interviews for Tuesday, September 15.