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Tara Schultz annouced as Claremont’s new city manager

After months of searching, Claremont has found its new city manager.

Tara Schultz, the assistant city manager for Alhambra, was announced as Claremont’s new city manager in a release sent by the city on Thursday.

Ms. Schultz was chosen after months of panel interviews which included residents, the city council and members of the Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Claremont and the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy. Current city manager Tony Ramos, who annouced his retirement in September, spearheaded the search for his replacement.

In the release, the city described Ms. Schultz as a, “highly motivated, creative manager whose communication and leadership skills have earned her the respect and trust of her peers and staff.”

“The City Council unanimously chose Ms. Schultz after an extensive hiring process that included interviews by a professional panel, a 14-member community panel, and the City Council. Ms. Schultz impressed the interview panelists with her experience, professionalism and passion for the Claremont community,” Mr. Ramos said.

The process was whittled down from nine interviews to two finalists. Ms. Schultz’s contract is expected to be presented and approved by the city council during the January 9, 2018 meeting.

She is expected to start her new job on February 5, 2018, the city said.

“I am honored to have been selected to join the Claremont team.  I am excited about being part of a community that is so devoted to the idea of preserving and maintaining those unique qualities that make Claremont special,” Ms. Schultz said in a statement.

She has a bachelor’s degree in recreational administration from Cal State Northridge and a master’s in public administration.

Ms. Schultz, a Pasadena resident, has 25 years of public service experience. She started as an intern for the city of Sierra Madre, eventually serving as an assistant to the city manager, council and commissions in charge of human resources, transportation and historic preservation, the city said in the release.

Ms. Schultz, “credits Sierra Madre with molding her professionally and creating her love for public service and working with the community,” the statement noted.

Ms. Schultz has worked for the city of Alhambra since 1999, when she was first hired on as the assistant to the city manager. She served a multitude of roles in Alhambra, including overseeing the housing and urban development funds.

She was promoted to deputy city manager in 2004, and then to assistant city manager in 2013, where she oversaw labor negotiations and worked directly with the finance, community services and utilities directors.

Tara lives with her husband of 29 years, Curtis, in Pasadena with her two boys, Zachary and Spencer.

The announcement coincides with Mr. Ramos’ last day as city manager. He will serve as interim city manager until Ms. Schultz takes over.

A formal welcoming celebration will take place at the Hughes Center on Monday, February 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

A full profile of Ms. Schultz will be in a future edition of the COURIER.

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