The City Of Oxnard’s Assistant City Manager is now serving as the city’s Acting City Manager. Karen Burnham took over after the Oxnard City Council placed City Manager Ed Sotelo on a leave of absence with pay Tuesday night. The Council took the action following a series of closed door review sessions during the last four months, saying that it found it had very different views than Sotelo on a number of issues.
Sotelo has been City Manger for 14 years, and has a year left on his current contract.
The Council could not appoint Burnham as Interim City Manager Tuesday night because the moved had to by law be legally noticed to the public in advance. The matter has been placed on the Council’s February 7th meeting agenda.