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.



  1. Dexter says:

    Reference the sentence …. “He agreed to work without compensation other than reimbursement of travel expenses.”

    R U Kidding?

    Its called short term vs long term and anyone who thinks that there isn’t something in the works somewhere down the road is living in fantasyland.

    I’m sure that the Calif League of Cities will chart Mr. Hamp a course that pays the proverbial Kings ransom

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      You mentioned the sentence: “He agreed to work without compensation other than reimbursement of travel expenses.” ; please don’t forget that Ken Hampian is retired from the city of little ‘ole SLO at the HIGHEST PENSION EVER for a retired city official. Of course he doesn’t need a salary from the city of Bell, he gets more than enough from the city of San Luis Obispo. But you know, this could be a good thing, maybe he can get the city leaders of Bell to bid for Katy Lichtig and she can move back down south and possibly make even more money than she does in San Luis Obispo!

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      • SanSimeonSam says:

        Good point Bob. It points to the fact that for every city, county or state position the taxpayers are paying the equivalent of 2 to 3 annual salaries for each position. Individual works 30 years retires at 50 at 90% of his salary., He lives for at least another 30 years (the duration of his replacement) and the cycle goes on. Then the spouses can get a piece of this and it goes on and on. VOTE YES on A and B….then more reform. END THE WELFARE

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