SELMA – Although he hasn’t been sworn in yet, Henry R. Perea has started working as Selma’s interim city manager today, Nov. 21.

“He went to work today,” Selma Mayor Mike Derr said. “He isn’t official until the Council certifies his contract which will happen at the next council meeting, which is on Dec. 4.”

Perea is a former Fresno City councilman and has served on the Fresno County Board of Education and as a Fresno County supervisor.

Derr said Perea was chosen based on his experience and said since Perea has human resources experience, he would be a “good fit with us,” as the Council seeks a permanent replacement.

Perea is serving in the position as the former City Manager David Elias stepped down after he was arrested on embezzlement charges Nov. 15.

“[Perea] is bright and picks up quickly. I think he’ll do fine here. He’ll be involved with [the search for new city manager].”

At the Dec. 4 meeting, the City Council will also reorganize. Based on the new seniority rotation, Derr will step down and Jim Avalos will be appointed as mayor. Councilman Scott Robertson will then serve as mayor pro tem.

As interim city manager, Perea will also be responsible for the city’s daily operations and serve as the bridge between council and staff.

According to the city’s website, the city manager also directly oversees the Economic Development program, presents recommendations on policy development to Council and implements policies developed by the Council.

The city manager appoints the Senior Leadership Team who then direct the activities of seven departments including administrative services, community development, community services and recreation, fire, finance, police and public works.

City managers are tasked with presenting an annual budget to Council and coordinates with all departments in the administration of the budget throughout the fiscal year.

The City currently employs approximately 114 full and part-time staff members.

Perea is available for questions at or at 891-2200.

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