CHICO — Former Butte County Chief Administrative Officer Paul Hahn was selected as Chico’s new interim city manager during a closed meeting Tuesday night.
Since former city manager Mark Orme resigned from his post on April 1, police chief Matt Madden had temporarily taken over the reins. Madden will return to his full-time position as Chief of Police.
Mayor Andrew Coolidge said Hahn was one of two candidates the city council interviewed at the closed meeting and that the city hopes to have a permanent city manager appointed in July.
“There will be recruitment and candidates called for interviews,” Coolidge said, adding that recruitment began last month after Orme announced his resignation.
Coolidge said the candidates interviewed all matched well, but Hahn stood out to the board.
“We actually had some great choices for the interim position,” Coolidge said. “Paul obviously came out on top and I think his experience both with the county and his knowledge of the city and what’s going on. His skills include working with the county but also managing a much larger organization than ours and I think he is the perfect choice to do that during this time while we are recruiting.
The board voted unanimously in favor of Hahn to take on the role.
Hahn retired from his county position in 2017 after nearly 30 years of work in local government.
A press release issued by the city shortly after the meeting said the process to recruit a permanent city manager is underway and a timeline is nearing finalization.
“It is council’s desire to find a highly qualified candidate as soon as possible so that the city can continue to move forward on all the programs, projects and issues that this community considers to be priorities,” the statement said.
Madden was thanked for his time as city manager in the statement.
“Police Chief Madden is to be commended for his willingness to step in and strengthen the organization during this ongoing recruiting process,” the statement said. “His ability to lead through difficult times has always been evident and the board sincerely thanks him for his continued service to this community.”
Hahn is expected to step into the role of city manager on Monday. A contract with Hahn will be voted on at the next city council on April 19.
In addition to bringing Hahn on board, the city council discussed the existing dispute between Warren and Chico. According to the press release, instructions were given, but there was no action to report.
Chico City Council meets primarily at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 421 Main St. Meetings are open to the public.