The Council meeting of June 22 will be the last for Interim City Manager Lane Dilg but establishing who, if anyone, will fill her seat after her departure remains uncertain.

Dilg has held the Interim role for just about 13 months and previously informed City Hall she would be relocating to Washington D.C. with her family. The June 22 meeting was established as her departure date as it marks the adoption of the annual budget but Council has yet to announce a replacement, interim or otherwise.

Council began interviewing candidates for the permanent job last week and according to a closed session agenda for a special meeting this weekend, those interviews will continue. Should council need more time to make a decision, a second agenda item for the day will focus on the need for another interim appointment post June.

“With the darkest days of our civic life behind us and a strong financial foundation from which to build up, the City of Santa Monica is positioned for a robust recovery,” said Mayor Sue Himmelrich. “New leaders of the City administration are coming at an opportune moment of transformation and the City Council looks forward to crafting Santa Monica’s future with the extremely talented City organization and engaged Santa Monica community.”

Council unanimously directed staff to retain Lamont Ewell (who managed Santa Monica until 2009) of Ralph Andersen & Associates to search for a replacement and the company was also given the responsibility to help recruit a new Police Chief.

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