IMPERIAL — The Imperial City Council hired an Illinois man as its new city manager Friday, ending months of searching.
Vincent Long, a city administrator from Countryside, Ill., will oversee Imperial as its city manager.
"We're very impressed with his experience and the ideas he has for the city," said Mayor Mark Gran.
Gran said Long comes to the city with 15 years of public administrative experience.
Long was among the final five candidates the city interviewed from the 32 applications they received.
He holds bachelor's degrees in history and political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master's degree in international affairs from Sacramento State University and a master's degree in public affairs from Northern Illinois University. He is also a former U.S. Marine.
According to Gran, Long is set to start work in approximately 6 weeks or sooner if possible.
The city has been without a permanent city manager since former city manager Jeannie Lenefsky's resignation last August.