Charles McNeely has been named San Bernardino’s interim city manager.
McNeely, who held that job for three years before stepping down in May 2012, replaces Rob Field, who resigned in December, according to a statement by the city.
“My time in San Bernardino was special,” McNeely said in the statement. “It is a wonderful community that deserves the best. I am honored to have been selected to come back.”
The city council voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint McNeely to San Bernardino’s top administrative post.
“Charles knows our community,” Mayor Helen Tran said in the statement. “He understands our city, he cares about San Bernardino”s success and he knows how to run a city. That is a skill set that is very important to me and the council.”
McNeely spent 13 years as Reno, Nev.’s city manager and was chief deputy administrative officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency. He is currently president of MCE Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in international trade, economic development, and government relations.
McNeely’ has agreed to work up to 960 hours through June 30, reportedly for $137 an hour, while the city searches for a permanent city manager. The contract could be extended for another 960 hours, according to the statement.