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Tentative Selection Made for New City Manager

By Jonathan Friedman
Lookout Staff

November 25, 2009 -- City officials are in negotiations with a candidate to replace outgoing City Manager P. Lamont Ewell, consultant Lisa Mills told the Lookout News on Tuesday.

City Council members tentatively selected the candidate after interviewing the person for a second time during a closed session meeting on Friday. This person was interviewed along with five other candidates earlier this month.

Mills said the City expects to have a contract finalized with the candidate prior to the December 8 council meeting. The council will vote on the contract at that meeting.

Ewell announced in August his intention to retire at the end of the year.

The man who is credited with putting Santa Monica on a strong financial footing during tough economic times said he wanted to end his 34 years of public service on "the high note of serving the Santa Monica community," according to a statement released by his office.

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