The Coast News Group

City wants residents’ input on next city manager hire

ENCINITAS — Encinitas wants to know what its residents want from the city’s next permanent city manager.

To that end, the recruiting firm that is spearheading the search is hosting a community forum on Feb. 24 to hear from residents as to what qualities they would like to see in the next city manager.

Encinitas is searching for a permanent replacement for Gus Vina, who left the city in January to take a position with the Northern California city of Brentwood. The City Council in January hired longtime Encinitas resident and former public works director Larry Watt to serve as the interim city manager, and also contracted with Avery and Associates to handle the permanent recruitment efforts.

Vina’s tenure began with much promise, but became rocky towards the end, as several critics of his performance called on the council to fire him and City Attorney Glenn Sabine. Critics have been vocal about an inherent distrust of the city’s high-ranking staff among residents.

The forum is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Poinsettia room at City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue.

Residents can also email their thoughts on the search — including potential candidates — to Avery and Associates at [email protected]