The city's new mayor, Michael L. Maertzweiler, is feeling the weight of his new responsibilities like no Placentia mayor before him.
Maertzweiler, who was elected to the City Council in 1992, became mayor just hours after Orange County declared bankruptcy last week.
The city has $20 million invested in the county's sagging pool fund and only $2 million invested elsewhere.
"It is a baptism by fire, I guess, a real test," Maertzweiler said. "I feel confident that the fiscal planning we've done in the past will see us though."
But Maertzweiler hopes residents will be patient with him as he grows into his new job.
"I want people to understand I'm not that omnipotent that I can edict an answer," he said.
In dealing with the bond crisis and other matters, he said, "I would rely heavily on the city administrator. He pulls it all together."