The Brawley City Council is considering extending the contract of City Manager Jerry Santillan for three years. It appears the council is united in its support of Santillan and the council is expected to make the final decision tonight.
We think the council would be wise to grant Santillan the extension — he has proven he can both run the city and generate progress for Brawley.
Santillan has helped bring in millions of dollars in grant funding to make projects come to fruition. He has fought hard for Brawley at the state and federal levels and that is what the city is going to need if it is to grow and prosper.
Through his lobbying efforts Santillan helped drum up the money to cover costs associated with building the city a new water treatment plant and he has worked to bring in the necessary funds to build a new city wastewater treatment plant. Both plants are critical to Brawley in that they will make it possible to meet needs associated with growth.