The East Palo Alto City Council chose Interim City Manager, Carlos Martinez, as East Palo Alto's next city manager.
Martinez was one of three finalists for the position and was chosen by the council during a special closed session held on Saturday, February 7.
Mayor Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier made the official announcement as council members gathered in the city council chamber to report the decision that was made during their closed session.
Martinez's appointment to the position is pending until salary and other contract terms have been negotiated with the city.
Yarbrough-Gauthier and Vice Mayor Donna Rutherford will comprise the city's negotiating team.
After the council adjourned Saturday, Yarbrough-Gauthier said, "We thought long and hard. Carlos matched the requirements we had for our ideal candidate."
The council and a community panel interviewed two of the candidates on January 16. The third candidate had the flu at that time and was interviewed by the council and the panel on February 7.
While council members were deliberating on the three city manager finalists, Martinez was holding an informal Coffee with Carlos session at the Starbucks in East Palo Alto on Bayshore Road.
The coffee session was designed for Martinez to get community input on issues that concerned city residents. One resident, Louis Moore, joined the group and said that he had spoken to council members and told them to select Martinez, because "it was the only thing that made sense." The Coffee with Carlos session ended nearly an hour before the council made its decision.
In commenting on Martinez's selection, Vice Mayor Donna Rutherford said, "It involved a fair process that played out as it should have. We look forward to working with him. He is definitely going to move the city forward....We're rebuilding." she said.
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