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Bell City Council finds short-term chief administrator

July 28, 2011 | 10:30 am

Bell City Hall
The Bell City Council has appointed Ken Hampian, former city manager of San Luis Obispo, as the city's acting chief administrative officer.

Hampian, who served as San Luis Obispo's top administrator for nine years before retiring at the end of 2009, is expected to serve for 30 days. During that time he will help the council pick an interim city administrator, who will serve for six months, to be followed by someone who will keep the job on a more permanent basis. He was appointed Wednesday night.

Hampian will not be paid a salary but will be paid expenses, including lodging and meals.

The council voted last week to cut its ties to Pedro Carrillo, who served as interim chief administrative officer for a year after Robert Rizzo was let go amid corruption charges. Carrillo's contract had expired, and Mayor Ali Saleh filled the position until Hampian was appointed.

"I am very excited to have Mr. Hampian join our team," Saleh said. "Further, I am much more confident that Bell will move out of the shadow of the previous administration because the city of Bell is a resilient community and there are a lot of caring individuals that are the council's partners."

Saleh said he's pleased that Hampian has more than 30 years of experience and that he has also volunteered his services to find a transition team that will also work for free.


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Photo: Bell City Hall. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times