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Guadalupe Hires City Manager for $80,028 Annual Salary

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YourHiredCalifornia City News reports: “The City of Guadalupe recently announced the selection of a new City Manager. San Luis Obispo City Council Member Andrew Carter will be leaving his seat on the dais to take on the top job in Guadalupe. Carter has been on the council since 2006 and his term does not expire until December 2014, so San Luis Obispo officials will have to decide how to replace the empty seat, either through a special election or an appointment.

Carter has 20 years of management experience in the public sector and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Frances Romero, Mayor of Guadalupe, commented, “We are excited to have found a candidate with Mr. Carter’s skills and experience. We believe that Andrew will be an excellent fit as the City’s new administrator. His drive, determination, and work ethic along with his passion for public service really impress us.”

Guadalupe was left without a city manager when Regan Candelario accepted a position in Fortuna.

The city of San Luis Obispo released the following statement about Carter’s imminent departure: “After more than six years on the City Council, Carter’s contributions will be missed by many. Mr. Carter is known for his analytical abilities, focus on financial trends (especially regarding City expenditures), and an unwavering commitment to the role and responsibilities of the City Council. During his term on the Council, Carter became a strong advocate for pension reform and voted with the majority of the City Council to create second-tier pension formulas for all City employee groups. Mayor Jan Marx said, “We will miss Andrew’s passion for financial sustainability and keen ability to understand complex issues. We all wish him the best in his new career path.”  Source

Carter will step down from the council in February to start his full-time job as City Manager. He accepted a conditional and must pass a background check before his contract is approved  and will be paid $80,028 in annual salary. The City is facing a $450,000 deficit for fiscal 2012/2013.  Read more link

The population of Guadalupe is 7,080, median income  $31, 205, and annual budget of  $6 million dollars. The police, fire, water, wastewater operations are all under one roof managed by the City, and they have a storm drain masterplan. The Council members forego their stipends and volunteer their time. City’s website listing all the salaries:  link 

Guadalupe is located in Santa Barbara County, on the Central California coast near the famous Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. As of the census of 2010, there were 7,080 people residing in the city. The city was established in 1840 and incorporated on August 3, 1946. California’s Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1, runs right through the downtown of Guadalupe. Guadalupe is an attractive home for families, providing safe and affordable neighborhoods, excellent restaurants, good schools and a friendly environment. Source  link











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Margo Sturges

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Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell


  1. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    I’m moving there! This appears to be a reasonable, intelligient, thoughtful city government in action. I guess it can happen after all.

  2. This is going to be a trend in California and elsewhere. Guadalupe has a population double the size of 29. Therefore, a good income for a 29 Manager is: $160,042.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      that would be “half” the size of 29 palms… but using your logic of $160k, Twentynine Palms is right in the ball park with $154,000 base. So are you saying we need to give Warne a $6,000 raise?

  3. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    Managing a city with twice the population does not require twice the amount of work or skills. This man they hired has a Wharton School education and seems to be a seasoned professional. Let’s see what he can do with this city in trouble and then weight whether a larger salary gets you better representation…the evidence here in the desert communities shows this is not true as we are certainly paying a lot for crap.

  4. Hi Linda, I subscribed to the City of Ridgecrest news releases because their demographics are similar to Yucca Valley. They just passed a 5 year General Fund tax last June and I am following their path which has been a real eye-opener.

    I will track the City of Guadalupe to see how they work out their situation. I reviewed their budget, which was very straight forward, to discover they have their own Fire, Police, Water and Sewer!

    Thank you for comments and posting.



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