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By Alene Tchekmedyian, | September 18, 2012
Burbank City Manager Mike Flad announced on Monday plans to leave the Media City and take the top post at the city of South Gate, stunning city officials who expected him to retire in the city where he had spent more than two decades building his career. Flad, now 46, became the second-youngest city manager in Burbank's history when he assumed the top job in 2008 and has worked for the city for nearly 23 years. “It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me on the face of it,” said Councilman David Gordon on Tuesday.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | September 25, 2012
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.
October 1, 2003
Ryan Carter After three years as director of Park, Recreation and Community Services, Mike Flad is moving up. Flad has been appointed assistant city manager and will begin his new duties effective today, City Manager Mary Alvord said Tuesday. "I think he is the right person at the right time," said Alvord, who selected Flad last week following a lengthy recruitment process. "I think he has got a wealth of experience that varies from a stint in finance to risk management."
September 27, 2012
Burbank City Manager Mike Flad is suspending the search for a permanent police chief, the city announced on Thursday. The news comes 10 days after Flad's announcement that he'd be stepping down from his post to assume the same role at the city of South Gate. The Burbank City Charter gives the city manager the sole authority to hire a police chief. Because Flad will be gone in a month, he felt the process should be postponed until a new city manager is selected, according to the announcement.
March 21, 2009
RADIO AGREEMENT The City Council unanimously authorized the city manager to execute an agreement with the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System, a collaboration of Southern California law enforcement agencies, fire services and health professionals. As part of the new communication system, Burbank is in a position to vote for members of the system board next month. The city also granted its manager the opportunity to opt out if the system does not live up to the agreement.
April 23, 2013
I commend those involved in two major decisions for the good of Burbank. The appointment of Chief of Police Scott LaChasse, which was too long in coming, and cracking down on nepotism, which also took way too long. It is good to see our interim city manager take the bull by the horns and get something done. How about Ken Pulskamp as permanent city manager? Denise Ruhlow Burbank
February 19, 2003
Burbank City Manager Bud Ovrom was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday to head that city's Community Redevelopment Agency, starting March 3. Ovrom's last day as city manager will be March 1, but he will continue to live in Burbank, he said. "There's a lot of comfort level with being in the same job for 18 years," Ovrom said. "It's got to be a little scary for any type of change, and L.A. is definitely big city politics."
April 4, 2001
David Gordon A not-so-innocent, yet innocent-sounding amendment to Burbank's Charter (Measure 2) has made its way through the corridors of City Hall, the City Council chambers and on to the ballot of the city's Tuesday election. What voters are being told, according to the "impartial" analysis offered by the city attorney, is that the amendment will, "eliminate obsolete language, provide consistency, and clarify the powers and duties of certain departments, boards and employees."
March 12, 2003
At an event designed like a Hollywood gala -- replete with spotlights, a red-carpet entrance and former city manager Bud Ovrom's name on the marquee -- people attending Ovrom's farewell dinner who didn't know his background got an earful. "He is, by far, the most obsessive-compulsive person I know," said Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird, who was Monrovia's assistant city manager when Ovrom was its city manager. "Coupled with that, he is a tremendous hypochondriac."
March 9, 2002
A month ago, I sent a copy of the same letter that appeared in the Burbank Leader Community Forum on Feb. 27 to each council member and the Burbank city manager. This letter as about the lack of MTA bus stops within the Burbank Empire Center. I thought my fellow Burbank citizens should be aware of the responses I received from the Burbank city manager and the City Council members: Zilch. Zero. Nada. Not one of these Burbank city officials had the decency to even pick up the telephone and call me. Not one of them has had the decency to answer the letter I sent to them.
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