RANCHO PALOS VERDES — Dennis Wayne McDuffie, a city manager in the San Joaquin Valley, has been appointed city manager here, according to Mayor Douglas Hinchliffe, who said McDuffie was the unanimous choice of the City Council. A native of Nacogdoches, Tex., McDuffie has been city manager of Delano, an agricultural city north of Bakersfield, for four years.
Hinchliffe said McDuffie will be given a contract for three to five years and an annual salary of $55,000, city-paid retirement and insurance, and use of a city car. McDuffie's annual salary in Delano is $49,000. He is expected to begin the Rancho Palos Verdes job full time in early October.
In a telephone interview, McDuffie called his move to the South Bay a career advancement and a challenge because of increased responsibility in managing a larger city in an urban area.
"The communities are like night and day," he said, characterizing Delano as a largely minority farming community and Rancho Palos Verdes as an affluent bedroom city with a largely Anglo population. "Delano wanted a lot of development and wanted it quickly, and Rancho Palos Verdes is just the opposite," he said.