On Wednesday, Sierra Madre’s city council held a meeting in which they unanimously voted to appoint the City’s Director of Utilities, Jose Reynoso, to replace Gabe Engeland as the Interim City Manager according to a city press release.
Reynoso, who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the local University of La Verne and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Illinois, has served cities among the San Gabriel Valley for over 25 years.
He joined Sierra Madre’s city council in 2010, beginning as a water superintendent. He has been the Utility Service Director since January 2017, serving as a major contributor for projects in the city, such as the Water Main Replacement Project earlier this year.
“The City Council is proud to appoint Jose Reynoso to serve as Sierra Madre’s Interim City Manager,” said Sierra Madre Mayor Rachelle Arizmendi. “As the Director of Utilities, his leadership and ability to manage the department has proved to be exceptional over the years. Because of his high level of understanding of local government, his strong relationships with external stakeholders, and the respect he garners from the staff – he is well poised to take on this role.”
This news comes after Engeland, who held the role of City Manager for four and a half years, announced in June that he would resign from the position. The city council stated in a press release that they would announce an interim Manager “in the next few weeks” following Engeland’s resignation and that he would play an important role in the decision until his final day on July 16.
With Reynoso working alongside him for several years, Engeland feels very confident that the new City Manager will make exceptional progress in the role.
“Jose Reynoso is an excellent choice to lead Sierra Madre as the Interim City Manager,” said departing City Manager Gabriel Engeland. “He has established himself as a leader in the organization and on the City’s Executive Team.”