The Hemet City Council following an Oct. 25 closed session meeting informed Interim City Manager Christopher Lopez he will become the city’s newest permanent city manager contingent upon contract negotiations and ratification of his hiring.
Lopez was named interim city manager in April 2018 following the termination without cause of City Manager Allen Parker.
Following the contract negotiations and approval of the council, he will become the city’s 13th city manager since 2000. The city has been criticized over the number of city managers it has hired and fired since that time. Much of the criticism was due to their inability to help solve the city’s fiscal and financial problems to the sitting council’s satisfaction.
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