We reported yesterday that long time La Verne City Manager Martin Lomeli was packing away the briefcase and moving on. The 23 year City Manager is retiring next month and will be replaced by Assistant City Manager Bob Russi.
In a day in age when City Managers last at one city about as long as star athletes do with one team, (Lebron reference #1) it is absolutely unheard of to have a City Manager retire after spending 23 years at his post, not to mention 30 years with the city as an employee as Lomeli has done.
He left the post gracefully, and humbly without making a big tada about it (that’s #2) using a written statement to the city and a replacement groomed and ready to go.
Just as a comparison. Chris Jeffers in Glendora started in 2007, before that he was with Monterey Park.
Fran Delach, Azusa’s City Manager, has been with them for five years. Before that he was the City Manager in Covina for six years.
Blaine Michaelis in San Dimas has had a long tenure with the city at 10 years.
Covina’s City Manager Daryl Parish started there in 2009, before that he was City Manager of Colton for 8 years.
El Monte fired their City Manager not long ago and is now being helmed by Rene Bobadilla. Rosemead is breaking in a new City Manager. La Puente and Monterey Park … well, you get the idea.
Suffice it to say, it speaks to Lomeli’s work with La Verne that he lasted as long as he did. Also, it says something about loyalty for a guy who, various city officials say, was renowned across the state as one of the best at his business. We all know that it is hard for some people when they are considered to be one of the best to not be consumed by ego (trifecta!).
Also, you got to respect the fact he didn’t make the decision during a one hour TV special. (All right, I’m done.)