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Wildomar City Manager Announces Resignation

"It has been an absolute thrill to be the City's first City Manager. It is without a doubt one of the highlights of my career,” Wildomar City Manager Frank Oviedo said

After serving for three years, Wildomar City Manager Frank Oviedo announced today his voluntary resignation to assume the position of Assistant City Manager in the Southern California city of Santa Clarita.

The news was issued via an emailed announcement sent out late Monday.

The post in Santa Clarita could be considered a step up for Oviedo: The city serves a population of 203,000.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity Wildomar afforded me these last three years.  It has been an absolute thrill to be the City's first City Manager. It is without a doubt one of the highlights of my career,” Oviedo said in the announcement. “It was a tough decision but in the end having family in the Santa Clarita Valley tipped the scale. My kids will appreciate living near their grandparents.”

Wildomar Mayor Ben Benoit thanked Oviedo for his service to the city.
"Frank's management style suited Wildomar well in these early years. We hate to see him go but we do wish him well in his new venture," the mayor said in the news release. "Frank assisted the City Council through some very difficult financial times but managed to finish his tenure with the City on a high note with the passage of Measure Z. We will forever be grateful for his service to our community."

Benoit told Patch that Oviedo has requested a 30-day notice although the city manager contract calls for 60 days. The city council is working to schedule a special closed-session meeting to discuss the matter along with details on hiring Oviedo’s replacement.

In Monday’s announcement, Oviedo’s performance as the city’s top leader was repeatedly praised, and for his part, the city manager said, "When I got here sales and property tax was in steep decline, new development was absent, and the County parks tax was overturned by the Courts.  Even with those challenges I believed Wildomar had great potential. I tried to do everything in my power in the last three years to assist the new City Council in turning the ship around. With a little luck and a lot planning I believe the City is finally pointed in a positive direction. I can leave knowing the City is positioned to do great things in the future."

Savage December 04, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Hopefully council will realize they have a great opportunity to put a level headed, local, competent person in this position, Gary Nordquist. And save a couple hundred grand a year by not filling the position he'd vacate to assume the City Manager role. Nordquist has probably done more behind the scenes, and in front as well, than Oviedo has the experience and knowledge to ever have accomplished but took the credit for. So long, Frank.
Roberto December 04, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Bob Brady former LE City Manager would be a bonus for Wildomar.
Markus December 04, 2012 at 10:15 AM
The real hard fact is Oviedo is furthering his carrer at the expense of the city of Wildomar. Terminate him today, promote Gary Nordquist to City Manager, do not hire a replacement until April reassign the funds of Oviedo's salary to help the parks. He will help the city more by leaving then he did in the past 3 yrs.
Ken Mayes December 04, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Use the money to pay off the debts this city has run up over the last 4 years. 100K borrowed to pay for animal control, 1.3 Million borrowed to be a city from the county due by the end of June.
Terry Bye December 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
The city is in critical need of Police officers! and I can attest to that as a homeowner, two officers for the whole city. We have had two incidents having to call the Police, first time after many telephone calls by neighbors and ourselves for an out of control party that started 11AM and didn't end until 5:30AM the following morning the Police never responded myself and 10 neighbors were willing to sign a complaint. Second was a Burglary Dispatcher advised us to stay outside until an officer can check it 4 hours later, we waited in the cold at night. We our lucky to have the dedicated officers we but there safety and ours are at risk as well as the entire city, and Parks are more of a Priority?

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