The five-member panel unanimously chose Ron Bradley to run City Hall temporarily while seeking a permanent manager.
Bradley has more than three decades of experience in government, including about 15 years as city manager, plus several more years as an interim during his retirement.
City Attorney Jeff Melching officially announced the decision at the end of the meeting that lasted several hours.
"I think he is a great fit for interim given all his regional and collective experiences as former city manager in several cities," said Council Member Matt Liesemeyer.
Economic Development Director and Interim Community Development Director Jeff Wyman has been serving as acting city manager since December after Rob Johnson resigned.
Bradley served as Temecula's city manager from 1994-1998 and chairman of its chamber of commerce. He known to be a no nonsense leader who helped oversee the development of the lucrative Promenade Mall in Temecula.
From 1980 to 1988, Bradley managed the city of La Mesa and from 1988 to 1991, he was city manager for the city of Oceanside.
In 2006 to 2007, Bradley served as interim city manager for Murrieta. In Dec. 2012, the leaders of Hemet also tapped Bradley to be their interim city manager.
"The city needs some stability and direction after the last couple months," said Liesemeyer. "and that is what Ron brings to the table. He is the perfect fit."
Our mobile journalist Gabriella Venturo was fortunate enough to have an interview with him just days after the news that he would be new interim city manager.
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