From Colton to Covina

Here’s a story printed in our sister paper, the San Bernardino Sun, about new Covina City Manager Daryl Parrish:

Colton city manager headed to Covina
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/07/2009 06:38:35 PM PDT

COLTON – City Manager Daryl Parrish has resigned to become the city manager of Covina, it was announced Thursday.

His last day with Colton will be sometime after May 14, Parrish said. The City Council will discuss its strategy to find a replacement at a meeting Tuesday, he said.

“Transitions can be bittersweet as this one certainly is,” Parrish said, “as I leave behind a gifted, talented and caring staff, a community on the brink of exciting and dynamic change, and a mayor and council who I feel will rise to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead with vision, determination and hopefully with solidarity.

Assistant City Manager Mark Nuaimi can fill the role of “acting city manager” while a replacement for Parrish is sought, but law prohibits a mayor of one city from also being the city manager in another, Parrish said. Nuaimi is Mayor of Fontana.

Parrish began working in Colton in 1991 with the Redevelopment Department. He became assistant city manager in 1996 and city manager in 2001.

“Daryl has been a dedicated servant to the people of Colton,” Councilman Richard DeLaRosa said. “He’s provided the leadership in tough times and I hope this opportunity benefits him and his family.”

A news release from Covina says Parrish will start his new job June 1. He will make a base annual salary of $199,500, the release said. Parrish’s base annual salary with Colton was about $193,000, he said.

“I really appreciate him for his good work in Colton, but most of all I’m going to miss having this caliber of a person around,” Councilman Vince Yzaguirre said. “He’s a good man.”