ARTESIA — A replacement for interim City Manager Harold Campbell apparently won't be hired until after city elections in April, according to Mayor Robert Jamison.
Campbell's contract expires next week, but Jamison said the council will probably extend his $4,462-a-month pact through April, when two of the five council seats will be on the ballot. That way, Jamison said, the new council can decide on a permanent city manager.
A decision on Campbell's contract is expected at the council's Jan. 13 meeting, Jamison said.
Campbell was hired on a temporary basis in July, 1984, to improve the management of City Hall. Artesia was losing almost $129,000 a year, city records were outdated, and key staff positions were vacant.
Jamison said Campbell has balanced the budget and revitalized management of the city with its population of 14,500.
Despite his apparent success, Campbell, 62, said he does not want the Artesia job permanently. He retired in 1981 as city manager of Huntington Park and said he cannot hold the Artesia post beyond next spring without jeopardizing his current retirement benefits.