Hermosa Beach City Manager Leaving for Azusa

Hermosa Beach is on the lookout for a new permanent city manager less than one year after hiring Sergio Gonzalez. The city’s top administrator announced he’s leaving for the same position in Azusa, effective March 22. The reason: he needs to be closer to his family in the San Gabriel Valley.

“Being present and visible as a city leader, is something that every successful city manager works toward,” wrote Gonzalez. “On the other end, I find myself commuting up to three hours a day... missing out in a lot of quality time and not being able to pitch in to help my wife with the girls (10 year old twins).”

Mayor Jeff Duclos called Gonzalez an asset to the city and said he was sorry to see him go. The city was not expecting to make such an important personnel move so soon but it will manage, he added.

On Monday, the Hermosa Beach City Council took the first big step. It selected retired Santa Monica City Manager John Jalili to serve in the interim position while the city searches for a permanent replacement.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to help the city again,” said Jalili, who has twice served as interim city manager. “Hermosa Beach is a great community, and I enjoy working with the City Council and staff.”

In addition to the interim hire, the council has formed a subcommittee to lead the search for a new permanent executive. It will be headed by Mayor Duclos and Mayor Pro Tem Stacey Armato.