West Hollywood’s City Manager Paul Arevalo has announced his retirement at the end of June 2021.
I’m glad to know our City Manager Paul Arevalo. He is a great guy. Our city has benefited from his leadership. Paul has been working with the City of West Hollywood since 1990. He started as the Director of Finance and became interim City Manager in 1999 and shortly thereafter was offered the full time position as West Hollywood’s City Manager. Paul’s leadership and understanding of finance helped to build this city. Paul’s vision and the vision he shared with then Council member John Heilman created an infrastructure that threw off revenues to support incredible social services, more affordable housing units per capita then any of our neighbors, and highlighted our commitment to our core values. He also is one of the highest paid city managers in the state with a monthly salary of $31,379.43 plus other benefits.
The city council will appoint an interim city manager while it conducts a search for a new city manager. The three most likely candidates are: Asst. City Manager Oscar Delgado, Asst. City Manager and former Director of Finance David Wilson and former City Clerk and Acting Director of Administrative Services Yvonne Quarker.
Oscar Delgado is the Assistant City Manager and oversees 3 departments. Facilities and Recreation Services, Planning and Development Services, and Public Works. Oscar has served the city for over 20 years working his way up the ladder.
David Wilson is the other Assistant City Manager. He has been with the City of West Hollywood for more than 18 years. As Assistant City Manager, David implements the vision, broad policy goals, and ongoing strategic programs of the City Council and City Manager. David also serves as the City’s Chief Risk Manager. Prior to becoming Assistant City Manager, David was the City of West Hollywood’s Director of Finance and Technology Services.
Yvonne Quarker is the City of West Hollywood’s Acting Director of Administrative Services. She has worked for the City of West Hollywood for 18 years. Prior to accepting this new role, Yvonne served as City Clerk for 6 years, Assistant City Clerk for nearly 3 years, and has held positions in the City’s Rent Stabilization and Housing Division, and its Legal Services Division. While Yvonne might be considered a long shot to many she may have an edge among the majority female city council members.
Who will be West Hollywood’s next quarterback? Are we going to plow forward with Arevalo type independent thinking? Or will bureaucrats take over? There is a leadership vacuum in our city with the loss of John Heilman’s stewardship, the City Manager Paul Arevalo, the City Attorney Mike Jenkins and the pro-business former Councilmember John Duran. What do you think?