Paso Robles selects Bakersfield man for assistant city manager position

November 15, 2021

Chris Huot


Following the appointment of former police chief Ty Lewis as the city’s chief executive, Paso Robles has hired a new assistant city manager.

Lewis appointed Bakersfield Assistant City Manager Chris Huot to fill a vacancy at the same position in Paso Robles. Huot will begin work in Paso Robles on Jan. 3, 2022.

Huot has served as assistant city manager of Bakersfield since 2015. He began working for the Kern County city in 2008 as a marketing and events specialist.

Paso Robles officials selected Huot following a nationwide search. The North County city received more than 40 applications for its assistant city manager’s position.

Community members, city staff and Paso Robles council members conducted interviews with candidates. Huot consistently ranked as the top candidate throughout the selection process, city officials said.

“I am beyond honored to join the leadership team with the city of Paso Robles,” Huot said in a statement. “Paso Robles is an exceptional community and I look forward to lending my experience to help our team realize the vision of the city council and address the most pressing community priorities.”

Huot has a track record of success and broad knowledge and skills for leading all facets of a municipality, City Manager Lewis said.


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Will the conversation ever be had discussing if a city around this size really needs a full time assistant manager and if someone such as the Public Works Director or such can just be made assistant manger to serve in a emergency, and save a substantial amount is salary and compensation. Just seems there are too many managers, assistants and assistants to the assistants, and that limited revenue could be used better for services instead of a majority going for salaries and compensation.


They must be following the City/County of SLO employment practices!

Jorge Estrada

Winning the battle to take the surrounding property owner’s water rights will help Paso Robles become a robust city like Bakersfield. Paso Robles was smart to hire a “know how to do it” person. This will result in money, money, money for better paying staff jobs and pensions. Don’t forget the world relocates that need prosperous cities to be a part of and funded by the “US”A too! Yaaaa, isn’t this exciting?


Salary and total compensation?