Burbank City Manager Mike Flad will assume the same post in South Gate after the city council there approved his new $215,000 annual contract on Tuesday.
The confirmation came just a week after Flad surprised Burbank city officials with the announcement that his new job had all but finalized, and that the smaller, poorer city “seemed like a good fit for me.”
At the council meeting, Flad addressed the reasoning behind his move.
“I got into this business to make a difference, not to become the city manager of the largest city,” he said. “If your goal is to make a difference, you see this move in a totally different light.”
Before the meeting, South Gate Mayor Bill De Witt said his city had been looking for “a new person to help us out for a number of years, and [Flad] seemed to fit the bill.”
“We hope he will stay five, six, seven years, something like that,” he said.