Pasadena City Hall bids farewell to acting city manager, welcomes new permanent – ​​Pasadena Star News


Former city manager Cynthia Kurtz received a text message 10 months ago that unexpectedly pulled her out of retirement and into the Pasadena council chamber for the second time in her career.

This week, Kurtz bid farewell to the role of interim city manager she assumed in October 2021, nearly 10 months before the city welcomed newly appointed city manager Miguel Márquez.

City leaders described Kurtz as “instrumental in many of the city’s accomplishments over the past 10 months,” in a tweet who commemorated his last day of work on Thursday, August 25.

Kurtz received the call to return to public service just hours after former city manager Steve Mermell submitted a letter of resignation to city council ahead of a September 20 closed meeting.

She said she agreed because Pasadena has never been far from her heart and she recognizes the need for consistent leadership.

“I was surprised to get the call,” Kurtz said, detailing in an earlier interview how a text asking what she was doing for the next six months ultimately led to discussions about her taking temporary reins. of a city that was to lose a police force. chef and a number of other leadership positions just months after he was hired.

“I thought they were looking for a suggestion on who they could talk to about being our acting city manager,” Kurtz added. “I never thought I would be considered, but I’m very honoured.”

Mayor Victor Gordo said Friday, Aug. 26, that the decision to hire Kurtz on an interim basis was the best decision he’s made during his time as mayor.

“And with the people of Pasadena, I am deeply grateful to have stepped in at a time when it would have been easy to say no,” Gordo said, “and to bring stability and leadership to the city manager’s office when we as individuals and collectively as a community most needed.

Márquez, the new city manager who is due to take office on Monday August 29, was introduced informally to the community on Monday July 11.

Like Kurtz, Gordo thinks the experiences and well-rounded verses of knowledge that Márquez brings to the table will serve Pasadena well.

Márquez noted at a press conference in July that the city and its community – “with its incredible diversity, its sophistication, its charm, its style, its resources, its people”, he said – are the key to ensuring Pasadena’s future is as bright as the galaxy studied by scientists at the nearby Jet Propulsion Lab.

“There is no limit to what we can and will achieve together,” Márquez said.


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