By Terry Miller
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was also, perhaps, the shortest city gig for Fire Chief Brad Dover. Technically, Dover served as Interim City Manager for only 10 days when the city appointed him Sept. 17 to step in after Oliver Chi stepped down on his way to the beach.
On Friday after 4 p.m., Sept. 27, the City of Monrovia sent out a press release stating the decision was made and that Dylan Feik was to replace Oliver Chi for the top job in the city.
Friday’s announcement caught some by surprise and felt it was premature to make the call BEFORE the regular council meeting on Oct. 1.
The press release sent out by the city read through “thorough and extensive evaluation process, the City Council has identified Dylan Feik as their preferred candidate to serve as Monrovia’s next City Manager. Mr. Feik’s formal appointment will presented by the City Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1.”
The Monrovia City Council unanimously voted Feik as its next city manager during the council meeting on Tuesday night.
The City Council approved a three-year employment agreement for Feik, effective no later than Nov. 15, which provides for a recurring one-year term renewal. Mr. Feik’s annual salary will begin at $210,000 per year, and he will receive a standard benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement program and auto allowance provisions. Additionally, Feik will be provided with temporary rental housing assistance to facilitate a move to Monrovia.
“Words cannot express how truly blessed I feel to be selected as your next city manager,” said Feik. “Through the recruitment process, I got to know the Monrovia community and the passion that people have for the city. As I step into this role, I will strive to carry Monrovia forward so that it continues to be the Gem of the Foothills.”
Feik was previously the city manager of the City of Calistoga, in Northern California through April of 2019. From his time in Calistoga, Feik gained experience leading multiple initiatives of direct relevance to Monrovia, including the development of a 10-year capital infrastructure plan, new initiatives to address pension costs, meeting the city’s goals for affordable housing development, and leading the city’s response to the Napa-Lake Sonoma wildfire disaster in 2017. Prior to becoming city manager in Calistoga, he was the administrative services director in Auburn, Calif., assistant city manager in Knoxville, Iowa, and held various positions in the City of Olathe, Kan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Weber State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas.
In the upcoming weeks, Feik will be relocating to Monrovia with his wife, Kira, and three children, Gabe, Benson, and Eden.