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THE818NOW
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.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 25, 2012
At 46, City Manager Mike Flad has been serving the city of Burbank for half his life - but this week, he said he's ready for a new challenge. Next month, he'll be heading 20 miles south to serve as the city manager of South Gate, a 7-square-mile working-class town of 95,000 nestled between Lynwood and Cudahy. “The timing's right for a change,” Flad said this week. In looking for a change, he probably won't be disappointed. South Gate is a poorer city than Burbank, operating on a $35-million General Fund budget, compared to Burbank's $149 million budget.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | 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.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
BURBANK - The deadline to apply for Burbank police chief closed on Friday, but City Manager Mike Flad's pending departure for a job in the city of South Gate has raised concerns among city officials and residents about whether to continue the recruitment process. “Common sense tells me we ought to postpone police chief recruitment at this time, and once we have a new city manager, go from there,” said Councilman Gary Bric. Since the city manager oversees the police chief, officials say recruitment could not only be difficult, but also illogical.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
In reading the article about Mike Flad's departure (“ Flad plans to exit post ,” Sept. 19), I am concerned about two issues - the huge salary itself and the short notice given to the city of his departure. With all the budget constraints in Burbank, how can the city justify paying the city manager this ridiculous salary? This brings to mind last year's publicity about the city of Bell and City of Commerce. This also brings to mind the Romneyism mentality: Keep the big guys well fed, and let the citizens of the city have all the cutbacks.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 19, 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.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | 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.
THE818NOW
September 17, 2012
Burbank City Manager Mike Flad plans to leave the media city and take the top post at the city of South Gate, according to an email he sent Monday to the City Council and top-level staff. “There is no easy way to say this, so I will just say it. After 22 years of service to the city of Burbank, I have accepted an offer from the city of South Gate to serve as their next city manager,” Flad said in his email. Flad became the second-youngest city manager in Burbank's history when he assumed the top job in 2008 and has worked for the city 22 years.
NEWS
December 22, 2010
Hooray for you. I for one will stand behind your objection to the city not revealing detailed information on employee bonuses. This money belongs to the citizens of Burbank and the bonuses need to be revealed. This is not the time for anyone to be getting bonuses, raises, etc. People are struggling to get by and without a doubt these bonuses will create higher utility rates down the road. I am very disappointed in our city manager. Glendale has the right attitude, as I know from when I was employed there.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | December 10, 2010
City employees could receive up to $1.89 million in bonuses this year, even after City Hall for the first time tapped a rainy-day fund this summer to cover a multimillion-dollar budget gap. Facing a $5.8-million deficit in June, the City Council approved a plan that included spending cuts, fee hikes and taking $1.44 million from the city's rainy-day fund. Another $1.25 million was diverted from library and police programs — less than the budget for employee bonuses. Still, City Manager Mike Flad said the bonuses are how the city has long decided to compensate its employees.
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