San Diego City Council had a special meeting on Wednesday in order to discuss and approve two vital issues for the city.
The city council accepted the resignation of City Manager Issabelle Garcia. However, Garcia had officially resigned on Friday, Aug. 7.
I thank everybody for the opportunity given to me, Garcia stated. It was very educational and I enjoyed working with and for the city. It's time to work towards personal goals and new endeavors with my family.
Garcia was appointed city manager in 2011.
It was a pleasure giving back to my community, she stated.
City council appointed a interim city manager until a replacement can be hired. The interim city manager is Mary Gilliam who currently works as finance director with the City of San Diego.
Also on the agenda was the hiring of the new San Diego Police Chief. The council hired Fernando Garcia who had been interim chief as of July 31.
Fernando was recommended for the interim position by the former Police Chief Juan Garcia.
A title is just a title, Fernando said. I'm here to do my job which at the moment is Investigator slash Police Chief.
Fernando started his law enforcement career approximately 22 years ago at the San Antonio Police Department.
He received his masters certification as a peace officer from the San Antonio Police Academy in 1992. In 2011, Fernando started with the San Diego Police Department as a reserve officer, working his way to be an investigator and has now taken on the duty as police chief.
I'm not accustomed to people calling me 'Chief', Fernando said.