Andrew Espinoza Jr. has been named Barstow’s interim city manager.
The Barstow City Council on Jan. 16 voted unanimously to appoint Espinoza while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement, according to a statement on the city’s website.
Espinoza replaces Willie Hopkins, who recently left the High Desert city to become Compton’s city manager. He will remain Barstow’s public safety director.
Kody Tompkins will remain assistant city manager.
Espinoza has served 25 years in the Barstow Police Department. He will oversee multiple departments as interim city manager, including finance, budget, human resources, risk management, information technology ad economic development, according to the statement.