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Riverbank Names New City Manager
Sean Scully
New City Manager Sean Scully was introduced to the citizens of Riverbank at the City Councils Nov. 22 meeting. His appointment follows a wide search, with results narrowing from 13 candidates to five to three, then one. Scully will start after the beginning of the new year. He lives in Modesto and currently serves as City Manager of Gustine. Ric McGinnis/The News

On a shortened holiday month agenda, the Riverbank City Council introduced its newly selected City Manager at the recent council meeting.

Sean Scully, currently serving as City Manager of Gustine, was named for the job and took to the chamber podium to speak briefly at the council meeting on Nov. 22.

On its agenda, the council voted unanimously to hire Scully. He will be starting work in January. Council member Cal Campbell was out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday but the rest of the council offered an affirmative vote for the new city leader.

The council then voted to formally establish an Assistant City Manager position and hired Interim City Manager Marisela Garcia for that position. Because the new job requires a change in City Ordinance to create it, Garcia won’t officially start until the ordinance process is completed.

Garcia has been serving in the Interim City Manager role since Jill Anderson departed to move to a similar position at a small town in Washington State.

Garcia also had been serving as the city’s Finance Director. A search will begin to fill that open position, now that she has moved into her new role.

Because the second scheduled meeting of the month – Dec. 20 – would be held between Christmas and New Year in December, there will only be one meeting, on Dec. 13, held next month.

It is at that meeting that the council expects to swear in newly elected member Cindy Fosi, representing the 2nd District, provided results from the November ballot vote have been certified by then.

At its Nov. 22 meeting, the council also recognized the service of outgoing council member and Vice Mayor Jeanine Tucker, who declined to run for reelection last month.