A newly elected city council Wednesday appointed Don Penman, a former city manager of Arcadia, to be interim city administrator, said City Clerk Elena Chavez.
Penman, who served in Arcadia for 13 years plus had stints in Simi Valley and Baldwin Park, will start Jan. 2 in San Fernando. Until a permanent replacement is found, he must contend with an estimated $1.1 million shortfall from this year's $17 million budget.
He replaces City Administrator Al Hernandez, who was placed on administrative leave Dec. 7 during a recruiting drive for a new city manager. The city of San Fernando has had turmoil throughout its leadership ranks in recent years, with the recalls of multiple city council members and a steady rotation of police chiefs.