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The City Council has recommended Tamara Vides to serve as the Interim City Manager, upon Matt Huffaker’s departure and until a permanent replacement can be found. The appointment will come before the Council on November 30th.
Vides has worked for the City of Watsonville for more than 20 years. Vides has served in different positions in the City Manager’s Office for the past 12 years including, Deputy City Manager in 2018 and as Assistant City Manager since October 2020.
“I have spent the last 23 years of my life serving the Watsonville community with great pride, and I will continue my commitment to this community,” said Vides. “I appreciate the Council’s consideration and hope to serve during this transition.”
“The city council took this interim city manager search with extreme seriousness. Over many hours, we considered all the valuable input, correspondence and candidates that were presented in front of us,” said Mayor Jimmy Dutra. “After evaluating everything, we feel confident in our selection process and believe Assistant City Manager Vides is the right person to move our city forward as we search for a permanent city manager. We appreciate our department directors and our dedicated city staff. The city council wholeheartedly believes Tamara will make every effort to not only make our city run smoothly, but also lead us into healing as an organization.”
At the same meeting, the Council will consider approving a contract with the recruitment firm Peckham & McKenney to assist the Council with seeking qualified candidates for City Manager.
It is expected that the process for filling the position permanently will take three to six months.
Tuesday night’s city council agenda can be found here: https://www.cityofwatsonville.org/2123/City-Council-Agendas-Minutes