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John Jalili (file photo)
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John Jalili, who has twiced filled in as interim city manager in Hermosa Beach, will step into the role again while city officials search for a permanent replacement for their outgoing top administrator.

The City Council unanimously decided in closed session Monday to once again tap the retired Santa Monica city manager, who lives in Manhattan Beach. Jalili, who served as city manager in Santa Monica from 1984 to 1999, also has filled in at Manhattan Beach City Hall.

“I have had the great privilege of working with John,” Mayor Jeff Duclos said. “He brings to this transitional position a depth of experience as a top manager that is hard to match, as well as detailed working knowledge of our city and the respect of all staff members. I can’t think of a better fit for our city in continuing the important work we have begun.”

Jalili was brought in as interim city manager in Hermosa Beach in 2012 after the retirement of Steve Burrell and again in 2016 after Tom Bakaly left for another job with the Beach Cities Health District.

The council appointed Duclos and Councilwoman Stacey Armato to a subcommittee to support an executive search team and Jalili in the recruitment of a permanent replacement to City Manager Sergio Gonzalez. Gonzalez has accepted an offer to become city manager n Azusa to be closer to his family’s San Gabriel Valley home. His final day in Hermosa Beach will be March 22

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to help the city again,” Jalili said. “Hermosa Beach is a great community, and I enjoy working with the City Council and staff.”

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