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San Marino Considering Police Chief Schaefer as New City Manager

Current San Marino City Manager Matt Ballantyne is departing for the City of Chino.

The City of San Marino released the following Thursday night:

The San Marino City Council has announced they will consider to serve as their next City Manager.  With the impending departure of Matt Ballantyne, the Council met in closed session on June 13th to discuss his replacement and potential terms.   Following the closed session, the Council adjourned their meeting to June 25th where they will consider an employment agreement with Mr. Schaefer.

stated, "We considered several options and had extensive discussions about each option, however, the Council unanimously expressed their confidence in John’s ability to lead the organization.  We look forward to the next step where we will consider the terms of employment at our next public meeting to be held on June 25th at 6 pm."

Departing City Manager Matt Ballantyne said, "I am happy for John.  He has really done much more than a typical Police Chief.  He has been helpful to me, his department and the organization as a whole." Ballantyne continued, "The Council has previously asked for a succession plan which began with our .   John's appointment with Captain Tim Harrigan becoming the Interim Police Chief are consistent with that plan and I applaud the Council for their foresight."

John Schaefer joined the City of San Marino as Chief of Police in 2007 and during his tenure as San Marino Chief of Police has also served as the Director of Public Safety.  Schaefer has 38 years of varied law enforcement experience which has included serving for a period of time as the Director of Recreation in Seal Beach and the Emergency Services Coordinator in Cypress.  In addition to a criminal justice degree Schaefer has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

gene chan June 23, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I think that John would be a great selection as City Manager, even though I am still crying over the fact that Matt leaving, I thought he would be there at least thru my life time since he is so young. Terrible for the City of San Marino to let Matt go to of all places Chino. Still can't believe San Marino would not step up to the plate and do whatever is necessary to keep Matt. I do believe that John will do a great job he is a person that we can all believe in and has great leadership ability. Thanks Matt Congradulations John Gene and Amy Chan Julie Chan Lin and Jeff Lin

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