Santa Ana Public Works Director Raul Godinez flees to El Monte
Posted by Thomas Gordon on July 1, 2013
Santa Ana Public Works Director Raul Godinez decided to flee Santa Ana to become the new City Manager of El Monte for an annual salary of $195,000 beginning July 15.
It’s still unknown how large a gift of Santa Ana taxpayer funds Raul Godinez will receive in lieu of his vacation and illness.
Godinez became director of public works in Santa Ana in 2009. He also previously worked in public works in Oakland under then-Mayor Jerry Brown.
El Monte contracted with executive search firm Bob Murray & Associates who not coincidentally happens to be the same firm retained to recruit Santa Ana’s new City Manager. Raul Godinez had been rumored to be among those seeking Santa Ana’s top spot.
Also unknown is what affect Godinez’s departure will have on Santa Ana’s proposed light rail project, but Godinez did a poor job removing Santa Ana’s graffiti and repairing its potholed streets.