Patterson appoints engineering chief to interim city manager post

08/13/2014 2:03 PM

08/14/2014 12:13 AM

The Patterson City Council on Tuesday appointed Ken Irwin, its director of engineering, building and capital projects, to the position of interim city manager. He replaces Rod Butler, who has resigned to take the job of city manager in his hometown of Upland.

Irwin joined the city in 2012 as director of engineering, building and capital projects, Patterson said in a news release. But he has a long history of working with Patterson, having been an engineer for GDR Engineering for 23 years, supporting many city projects.

“My colleagues on the City Council and I have every confidence that Ken will serve as an effective interim city manager,” Mayor Luis I. Molina said in the release. “We are pleased that he has agreed to serve in this capacity as the City Council continues the process of hiring a new city manager.”

Irwin said, “I am honored that the mayor and City Council are confident that I would be the right individual for this interim position. I am certain that with the council’s guidance and our excellent city staff, I will be able to manage the city with as little disruption as possible during this period of transition.”

Butler’s last day will be Aug. 31. Patterson has begun a search for a permanent city manager.

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