City Manager Appointment Recommended
Julio Fuentes, whose 30 year career in city management in Southern California has emphasized fiscal stability and economic development, is recommended as the new City Manager for the City of Santa Clara. The Santa Clara City Council is expected to consider his appointment at the December 4, 2012 Council meeting. Mr. Fuentes would begin the new post on February 4, 2013. An Agenda Report requesting approval of an employment agreement has been prepared and is part of the Council Agenda packet posted at http://santaclaraca.gov/CouncilMeetings.
Fuentes, 56, has been City Manager for the City of Alhambra since 1992 where he leads a staff of 614 and manages a $114 million budget. Alhambra has a population of 83,089. Previous positions include City Administrator/Redevelopment Executive Director for the City of Pomona and administrative positions with the City of Pomona and City of Azusa.
The City of Santa Clara conducted a nationwide search for a new City Manager after the June retirement of Jennifer Sparacino who held the job for 25 years.
Santa Clara is a full-service Charter City with a Council/Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for implementation of Council policies and for administration of the day to day operations of the City. A 19.2 square-mile city with a population of more than 118,000, the City of Santa Clara total 2012-13 fiscal year budget is $577 million, which includes its own electric, water and sewer utilities. An All-America City, Santa Clara has a workforce of 992 full time equivalent positions and an Ethics & Values program which has received state, national and international acclaim and become a model for other communities seeking to infuse a higher level of integrity into municipal government.