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West Hollywood Officials Take on New Positions

Municipal staff members assume new roles as assistant city manager and finance and technology director, the city announced this week.

The following is a press release from the city of West Hollywood.

Sam Baxter is the new City of West Hollywood Assistant City Manager and David Wilson the new Finance & Technology Services Director.

As the Assistant City Manager, Baxter will assist the City Manager with the City of West Hollywood’s day to day operations. As the Director of Finance and Technology Services, Wilson is responsible for overseeing the department’s four divisions, which include General Accounting, Budget & Compensation, Revenue Management, and Information Technology.

Prior to being hired as the Assistant City Manager, Baxter was the Director of the Department of Human Services and Rent Stabilization Department; and the Manager of the Facilities and Field Services Division.  He has been with the City for more than twenty years.

Previous to joining the City, Sam Baxter managed the San Luis Obispo County park system, was Assistant Director of Park and Recreation in Pasco, Washington and a partner in a family owned residential development company. His professional membership includes the California Parks and Recreation Society and the American Public Works Association. Baxter received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management from California State University, San Luis Obispo.

As the Director of Finance and Technology Services, Wilson acts as the City’s Risk Manager and Treasurer, in addition to assisting the Executive Team in accomplishing all major initiatives while maintaining a balanced budget.  Prior to being appointed Director of Finance & Technology Services, Wilson served as the City’s Budget & Compensation Manager for four years where his duties included preparing and monitoring the City’s budget and oversight of the City’s payroll and benefits.

Wilson has been employed by the City of West Hollywood for more than thirteen years serving as a Senior Management Analyst in the City Manager’s Office and a Project Development Administrator in Housing and Redevelopment before moving to the Finance and Technology Services Department.  Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California at Berkeley and the master’s degree in Planning from the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development.    

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joninla January 19, 2013 at 08:12 PM
WITH THE DISASTrOUS FINANCIAL DEBACLE MR. AREVEL'S $13 BONDS .... ISSUED AND INDEBETING THE CITY BEFORE HE SECURED STATE REDEVELOPMENT APPROVAL (which was rejected) IS GOING TO COST A FORTUNE IN COSTS AND INTERESTS TO RECALL THE PREMATURELY ISSUED BONDS FOR THE PLUMMER PARK REDEVELOPMENT. ANYONE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR MAKING THAT BIG/HUGE FINANCIAL BLUNDER WOULD BE FIRED (and possibly investigated). THE CITY COUNCIL'S CONTINUED TRUST IN OUR HIGHLY PAID (for his supposedly highly valuable financial expertese) INDICATE IGNORANCE/STUPIDITY AND OR CORRUPTION BETWEEN SOME OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE CITY MANAGER. FIRE HIM FOR CAUSE .... $13 MILLION DOLLAR IMPROPER BOND ISSUANCE ..... HOW MUCH WORSE A JOB COULD ANYONE DO??
George Martin January 20, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Now that we finally have a full-time Assistant City Manager, does that mean that Joan English doesn't get to double-dip anymore?
Chloe Ross January 24, 2013 at 08:40 PM
@George - fine question - did you get an answer?
WEHO Resident Protection January 24, 2013 at 09:38 PM
For once we agree. How Paul Arevalo (our highly paid City Manager) gets away with such poor oversight is unreal - particularly since his only area of expertise was a rise from the accounting/financial planning dept. I like Baxter - he is a 'no waves' guy & older. Council Oversight?? And it took him over a year to figure this out? Clearly Arevalo will only appoint someone who is not an obvious replacement for him. We need a competent City Manager with prior experience -particularly in Rent Controlled Cities - Arevalo's lack of involvement in the enforcement of protection for Renters is pathetic. The City no longer tracks evictions - look at the files, it used to --with a much smaller staff. We need a City Manager who knows how to manage and not just placate the City Council.

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