Diamond Bar City Manager James DeStefano Passes the Baton

It isn't every day that a member of the city council describes a city manager's retirement as "traumatic," but James DeStefano is popular enough to evoke that kind of emotion. He's leaving city management today, stepping into retirement after 11 years as Diamond Bar's top administrator. And his departure has saddened many, including City Councilwoman Carol Herrera, who called his exit both traumatic and devastating.

DeStefano first announced his retirement last spring. More than 60 people lined up in the hopes of replacing him. By the end of the process there was no doubt the choice would be Dan Fox, assistant city manager of Laguna Niguel.

It was a “the clear and obvious” decision, said Mayor Jimmy Lin.

Fox is familiar with the area and has experience working for cities that negotiate contracts for public safety and other services. Both were big selling points as far as the City Council was concerned. He'll be earning an annual salary of $210,000.

Read more about Dan Fox here