Carmel's Interim City Administrator Steps Into the Fray
April 22, 2011
More than two weeks after Carmel's former city administrator resigned following a $600,000 sexual harassment settlement, an interim administrator took the helm on Tuesday. After his first week on the job, "It’s going well, but there’s a lot to learn," John Goss says.
Goss, who says he has no interest in the permanent position which the city hopes to fill by the summer, expects to focus most of his efforts on the budget. Goss says the city is about a month behind on the budget planning for the next fiscal year, which is due by the end of June.
Goss, 72, is a retired city administrator and has worked as a consultant to Carmel on two projects, one regarding a business license tax increase, another on the impact of increasing library hours. He first heard about the opening “through the grapevine," and submitted his application before city council formally extended an invitation to apply after a special meeting on March 22.
Goss has decades of experience in administrative leadership roles in California, among them an interim planning director role as part of "the cleanup crew" for San Bernardino County after a corruption scandal there. As to riding into Carmel on the heels of a sexual harassment scandal, "I’m used to dealing with change," Goss says.