City of Maywood Passes Ethics in Government Hiring and Contracting Practices

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The mayor of Maywood ( Veronica Guardado and the city council members are announcing today that several new hires have been made based on the passing of The Ethics in Hiring and Contracting Practices, known as Measure M.

The mayor of Maywood ( Veronica Guardado and the city council members are announcing today that several new hires have been made based on the passing of The Ethics in Hiring and Contracting Practices, known as Measure M. The measure, which was approved in December by the voters of Maywood, is a guide for the city's new hiring process. As a result, Paul Philips has been named as the interim chief administrative officer and Hilda Flores was named the new interim director of finance. Frank Hauptmann, the chief of police, and Marco Martinez, the city attorney are also new to the city and plan to help the city council of Maywood in implementing programs and practices that will benefit the entire community.

Measure M is designed to address the appointment, promotion, evaluation and discipline of new hires and current staff as well as attract and retain the most qualified city employees. This key measure will strengthen transparency and the use of professional guidelines in the city's hiring, contracting and bidding process.

"Measure M is the new face of Maywood. Maywood takes ethics in government very seriously, and we are proud to have passed this measure which will help restore credibility to our city," said Veronica Guardado, mayor of Maywood. "Our residents need to have trust in our city council and our city employees, and Measure M, which is an ethics in hiring and contracting practices initiative, will serve to boost qualifications requirements for the position of police chief and other key positions. As mayor, I am solely focused on what will best serve the needs of our residents and community at large. Measure M is the best thing that has happened to Maywood. We have a bright future with new city employees to help guide us there, and we want to focus our energies on moving forward."

The city council guarantees that they will deal with the administrative and personnel matters of Maywood only through the chief administrative officer who is responsible for the appointment, evaluation and discipline of all City employees and department heads.

Philips comes to Maywood with over 26 years of direct city manager experience. He was worked in the capacity of city manager, operations and planning for numerous Los Angeles county cities since graduating from the University of La Verne with a master's degree in public administration. He is also a member of several professional associations, including the Cal-ICMA Ethics subcommittee.

"I am very excited to be working for the city of Maywood," said Philips. "I feel that there is much positive work that can be done in a city with such rich history. As a hire under Measure M, I am looking forward to helping put a new face on those of us that work for and on behalf of the city and its residents, and we have a lot of exciting improvements planned for our community."

As interim director of finance, Flores will work to supervise the finance department while monitoring and improving internal controls for the city. She will work closely with Philips and city council members to manage the city funds. Flores has experience in financial auditing and compliance issues and works as an accountant/auditor at Lance Soll & Lunghard, LLP. She is a certified public accountant and received a master's of business administration degree from California State University, Fullerton and received her undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Hauptmann will oversee the police department, and he has plans for several programs that will help lower crime and raise the profile of police in the area where necessary. Hauptmann is determined to bring "integrity, responsibility, and a dedication to excellence" to the Maywood police department. The department is ready to introduce a new face to the city and is encouraged by the passing of Measure M. Hauptmann has over 31 years of police experience and has developed a complete new policy and procedures manual for operations of the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department based on the "model" used by over 400 police agencies in California. This is in addition to the "community policing" concept he introduced as interim chief of police to develop trust and confidence between the public and the Maywood police department.

City attorney Martinez is a partner in the municipal and redevelopment practices group of the Irvine and Riverside offices of Best Best & Krieger, LLP. His practice areas include general municipal law, First Amendment law, public contracts, land use and zoning, subdivisions, housing and CEQA issues. He has experience working with cities and received his law degree from Loyola Law School. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger, Martinez was a planner with over ten years experience serving the city of Downey and the County of Los Angeles, department of regional planning. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the Riverside and Orange County Bar Associations and the Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

These new hires reflect Maywood's commitment to adopting practices for hiring the most qualified leaders available and are a testament to the new mandate under Measure M. Each Maywood employee is accountable to rules, and state of the art public administration procedures as directed by the chief administrative officer and as outline by the city's municipal code.

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