The Burbank City Council invites residents to one of three upcoming forums to gather public input in the search for a permanent city manager.

I began serving as your interim city manager on Dec. 3. One of my assignments has been to help guide the city while City Council searches for a permanent replacement.

The city manager is a very important position in city government. He/she is responsible for the city's day-to-day administrative operations while supervising all departments in carrying out the policies set by City Council. In Burbank, that means overseeing a staff of more than 1,400 and a 2012-13 total budget of over $635 million.

While we don't expect you to know the intricacies of the job, we would like to hear what qualities and experience you would look for in someone who will essentially be the chief executive officer of the city. Your comments will be incorporated into the overall evaluation of potential candidates.

The executive search firm Peckham and McKenney has scheduled three forums in which it will seek community feedback by interviewing interested groups and the general public.

All three forums will be held in Room 104 of the City's Community Services Building, 150 N. Third Street, at the following dates and times: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m., as well as Thursday, Feb. 21, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

For those who would like to offer feedback and cannot attend the forum, please contact (818) 238-5840.

Ken Pulskamp
Burbank Interim City Manager