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El Monte City Council Selects Raul Godinez II as Finalist for City Manager Post

Valerie Martinez

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After an extensive search, El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero and the El Monte City Council announced that Raul Godinez II, who has extensive experience working with similar cities, has been chosen as the finalist for the city manager post.  The Council will vote on Tuesday, June 25, to define the terms of his contract and ultimately determine whether to hire him.
“We worked hard to find a candidate who had the experience and the depth of city government knowledge to be the right fit for this important position,” Quintero said.  “Our expectation of Mr. Godinez is that he is coming to our community prepared to work on critical issues like economic development, community improvement, and resource enhancement.  Our community is calling for ongoing expansion of city recreation programs, and our seniors, families and veterans have specific needs that must be met.  I look forward to working with him to make El Monte the preeminent community in the San Gabriel Valley to live, work and play.”
El Monte has been searching for a new city manager since August, 2012.  The city contracted with an executive search firm, Bob Murray & Associates, to optimize the recruitment process, conducting extensive outreach to attract candidates from across the nation.
The candidate pool was very large – 57 applications were submitted.  Following interviews with 14 interested candidates, the pool was whittled down to seven. In May, Mayor Quintero and Mayor Pro Tem Norma Macias conducted on-site visits with three finalists.
“I am humbled to be considered by the El Monte City Council to serve as its City Manager,” Godinez said. “It will be an exciting new undertaking and I am looking forward to getting to know the City, community members and residents.”
Godinez was born and raised in the City of San Fernando. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering.
Since 2009, Godinez, a registered professional engineer, has been responsible for maintaining and delivering all major capital projects for Santa Ana’s infrastructure.
He served in a similar capacity in the City of Oakland for nine years as the Assistant Director and then Director of Public Works, under then-Mayor Jerry Brown.  Prior to that, he worked in the private sector and served the City of Los Angeles for more than 12 years.
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido commented, “Mr. Godinez will truly be missed as our Executive Director of Public Works.  Due to Raul’s leadership, the city has been able to accomplish many positive projects that created an excellent living environment for the Santa Ana community.  I wish Raul the best of luck in this new capacity.”
Godinez has received numerous awards, including a Meritorious Achievement Award by the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works for saving an estimated $500,000 on a $5.4 million project. In 2009, he was honored by the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) as the Public Works Leader of the Year for 2009, and then the prestigious national award by APWA as one of their Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in September 2009.
Raul also served on the San Fernando City Council from 1994 to 1998. While on the Council, Godinez helped reorganize City Hall and provided a rigorous review of the budget, resulting in increased staffing for the Police, Recreation and Community Development Departments, provided funding for a new weekly Farmers Market to help revitalize the downtown mall area, and still ended up with a surplus.
Prior to his election to the Council, Godinez was part of an activist group that successfully compelled city officials to adopt an ordinance restricting the number of liquor stores that could open in San Fernando. This ordinance was the first of its kind in the state.
If his contract is approved on Tuesday, Godinez will begin work in El Monte starting July 15.

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El Monte City Council Selects Raul Godinez II as Finalist for City Manager Post