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Reception: Thursday

Teresa Gallavan was sworn in as Selma’s new city manager at the Nov. 5 Selma City Council meeting. Standing by her side is her husband, Ken Van Vechten. A reception for the public to meet Gallavan is 4-6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Selma City Hall, 1710 Tucker St.

SELMA – With new leadership in place, the Selma City Council seemed upbeat after Selma’s new City Manager Teresa Gallavan was sworn in at the Nov. 5 Council meeting.

Gallavan brings years of experience working as Lompoc’s economic development director/assistant city manager and as Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s marketing and cultural services manager/principal development specialist.

Gallavan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s degree in business administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

Councilman Louis Franco thanked Gallavan for coming to Selma and expressed confidence she’ll move the city forward as the city looks to grow with business and housing developments.

“I’m more than confident that you’ll bring the stability that we need here. As I’ve said in the past, the city manager is the most crucial employee a city has in moving a community forward. I have all the faith in you that you’re going to help us all work together and move Selma in a better direction.”

Councilman Mike Derr also had words of welcome during council reports.

“Best of luck here,” Derr said.

The public is invited to an informal meet and greet reception from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Selma City Hall, 1710 Tucker St. for the new city manager. The Selma District Chamber of Commerce is hosting the reception.

Selma’s City Council appoints the city manager who serves as the operational head of city government. In overseeing city operations, the expectation is to focus on quality of life issues and economic development vital to the City Council and residents of the City of Selma.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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