ALHAMBRA: Julio Fuentes, Alhambra’s current city manager, has been selected as the new city manager for the City of Santa Clara.
Fuentes was appointed by unanimous City Council action at their meeting of December 4, 2012. He will begin his new post February 4, 2013.
Fuentes, 56, has been city manager for since 1992 where he led a staff of 614 and manages a $114 million budget. Alhambra, a mid-size city like Santa Clara, has a population of 83,089.
Besides Alhambra, Fuentes’ previous positions include City Administrator/Redevelopment Executive Director for the cities of Azusa and Pomona.
With the departure of Fuentes, Alhambra will now begin a nationwide search for a new city manager. Speculators are suggesting the Monterey Park City Manager Paul Talbot who was a former Alhambra Mayor and other current city managers in neighboring cities are potential candidates.
Alhambra is known as a full-service city with its own police and fire departments, as well as a library, parks and water departments.
“We are delighted to welcome Julio to Santa Clara and to bring his many talents and skills to our community,” said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie L. Matthews in a Santa Clara city press release
“His experience with capital projects and the day-to-day delivery of services to a growing community will be invaluable in helping Santa Clara meet the opportunities and challenges ahead.”
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.
“I am very honored that the Mayor and City Council have selected me to become the next City Manager,” stated Fuentes. “I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to working with everyone from the community.”
In 2012, Fuentes was the Board President of the California Redevelopment Association. With the legislative elimination of redevelopment agencies, the association has folded.
Fuentes holds a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is married to Miriam and they have three grown children. He plans to relocate to the City of Santa Clara.
Fuentes is well-regarded for his success in redeveloping downtown Alhambra with a theater, condos, many restaurants and business. During his tenure, Costco expanded in Alhambra and the city has many new auto dealerships.
The City of Santa Clara is a full-service Charter City with a Council/Manager form of government similar to Alhambra.
As in Alhambra, 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; the General Fund budget is $140 million.
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, according to a Santa Clara press release