It has taken the City of Colton three years to pull out of their financial death spiral that brought their reserves down to $55,276 while Asst. City Manager Mark Nuaimi held the reins. The hiring of Rod Foster as the new Colton City Manager set the stage for Nuaimi to “lay himself off” to save money for the city before he was due to be fired. Here is a brief summary of the actual events:
Just to shed some light on Mr. Nuaimi’s claim he “laid himself off” in Colton as part of his own deficit reduction plan. The part of his “plan” he doesn’t mention was the other 60 lay-offs of city personnel, including a half dozen police officers and complete closure of both City libraries. Mr. Nuaimi also fails to mention that would have been terminated from his Colton job by the incoming city manager within weeks of “laying himself off.” Colton was having more than “financial difficulties,” it was on the verge of bankruptcy, due mainly to Nuaimi’s irresponsible and reckless mismanagement of development projects he was pushing.
Cactus Thorns has been reporting on the accomplishments of Foster as he set a new course of recovery for Colton. A true leader, he took a cut in pay before he asked others to do the same and brought everyone to the table to work together. This is what city or town managers are supposed to do unlike the destruction, divisiveness and financial mayhem brought to Colton and Yucca Valley by the politician Mark Nuaimi. Now that Nuaimi has departed, it is hopeful that Yucca Valley can learn something about selecting the next manager. Let’s hope that someone on the dais at least does a Google search on the applicants AND visit the previous city that employed the applicant for first hand accounts.
Several citizens from Colton attended the last town council meeting to inform Yucca Valley of the problems they faced during and after Nuaimi’s departure from their city. When Nuaimi was first hired by Yucca Valley, citizens from Colton and Fontana attended a council meeting to warn those on the dais. Nuaimi pre-empted their message by informing the council there would be a visit from a group of “malcontents” and to just ignore what they had to say.
Today, Colton is on the new course of financial stability and re-unification of their community and wish the same for our town. City Manager Rod Foster unraveled the financial mess during his 3 years at Colton and has since moved on to Laguna Niguel with his family.
Colton, population of 53,000, has hired an interim City Manager $10,920 monthly for a total of $131,040, with NO BENEFITS. The total budget of Colton exceeds $120 million dollars with their own Police, Fire, Electric, Water and Wastewater Departments which the City Manager oversees and is responsible for. Please note, the City Manager of Colton oversees all operations without an Assistant Manager.
“SB SUNBy Josh DulaneyPosted: 03/21/2013 03:44:14 PM PDT
COLTON – A new interim city manager is on the job in this working-class town of 53,000.
The City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to approve an employment agreement with Stephen P. Compton to take the post.
The agreement calls for a salary of $10,920 a month and provides no benefits except mileage reimbursement for travel outside the city.
Compton replaces Rod Foster, whose last day was March 14. Foster left the city after three years to take the city manager job in the Orange County city of Laguna Niguel.”
The news article goes on to state,
“Compton is a 59-year-old Redlands resident who comes to Colton with more than 32 years of local government experience that includes an assistant city manager stint in Ridgecrest and time as the finance director for Omnitrans.
He most recently worked as interim accounting manager for the city of Fountain Valley. Compton also runs a consulting firm specializing in government and nonprofit management.” Story LINK
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