Ken Hampian managing city of Bell
July 29, 2011
When the scandal struck city of Bell first advertised for a new city manager its reputation was so tarnished, no one applied. Nevertheless, former San Luis Obispo City Manager Ken Hampian is stepping up to the challenge, temporarily and for free. [Los Angeles Times]
The Bell City Council appointed Hampian Wednesday to interim city manager to help the Los Angeles suburb get back on its feet after a series of scandals that nearly drove it to bankruptcy.
Hampian, who was San Luis Obispo’s chief administrator for nine years, said he plans to help Bell find a permanent replacement city manager. He agreed to work without compensation other than reimbursement of travel expenses.
The former permanent city manager, Robert Rizzo, was fired last summer after the public learned he was receiving about $1.5 million a year in salary and compensation.
Another seven Bell staff and council members are facing charges of misappropriation of public funds and fraud after the state found Bell illegally raised taxes and fees to pay the exorbitant salaries while putting the city millions of dollars in debt.