Hughson taps city manager from county

05/14/2013 9:01 AM

05/14/2013 9:02 AM

A senior management consultant for the Stanislaus County chief executive office will take over leadership of the county's smallest city. The Hughson City Council on Tuesday announced the appointment of Raul L. Mendez as city manager.

Mendez, who has worked for the county for 12 years and previously worked for the city of San Jose, will assume the post June 17, the city said in a news release.

He takes over for Bryan Whitemyer, who left to become city manager of Oakdale in February. Retired Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden has served as Hughson's interim city manager since.

"After an exhaustive city manager recruitment process that attracted over 35 applicants from across the United States, we found the very best city manager candidate right in our own back yard," Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman said in the release. "Mr. Mendez has an accomplished track record of creative solutions for the many issues facing local communities, and we are excited to have him lead the city of Hughson now and into the future."

Mendez holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from California State University, Stanislaus, and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. His annual salary will be $113,175.

He will be introduced at the Hughson City Council meeting May 28.

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