MENIFEE: The Menifee City Council selected Ron Bradley as the Interim City Manager.
Menifee Mayor Neil Winter and city council members approved the hiring of Bradley during a closed session meeting held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at City Hall.
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."
Bradley ran unsuccessfully in 2016 for an elected position on the Temecula City Council.
The city of Menifee is growing and has undergone a few changes in leadership in key positions in recent months.
In November 2016, Neil Winter unseated incumbent Scott Mann for Mayor. Mann was expected to win until late in the race when Mann was fined $60,000 by the Fair Political Practices Commission for personal use of campaign funds. On December 27, 2016, City Manager Rob Johnson resigned.
Bradley will be the city of Menifee's sixth city manager in eight years.