Ontario names new city manager

The City Council has named deputy city manager Al Boling to succeed Chris Hughes as City Manager.

The council unanimously made the decision during closed session of Tuesday’s council meeting. The appointment was announced during the meeting.

Boling has been with Ontario for 17 years, serving as the city’s first internal auditor and, for the past six years, in the role of deputy city manager .

Hughes, the city manager for the past three years, announced Thursday he will retire in December.

“I have the most utmost confidence and respect for Al Boling,” Ontario Mayor Paul Leon said “I know the city will be well taken care of.”

As deputy city manager, Boling oversees several city departments but has usually reserved a low-profile during council meetings.

“A lot of people don’t even know who Al is,” said Councilman Alan Wapner, motioning Boling to stand up to the podium at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Wapner said he has had several long conversations with Boling in the past and is confident he is suited for the position.

The outgoing city manager has been at the helm of the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport. And on Tuesday, Wapner assured the public that things will be no different with Boling, adding he has been involved in the issue with the airport from the start.

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