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Patrick Wiemiller, the Public Works and Public Utilities Director for the city of Fresno, was named Tuesday night as the new city administrator for the city of Lompoc.

After a five-month search, the Lompoc City Council on Tuesday named Patrick Wiemiller as the new city administrator.

The council unanimously chose Wiemiller, the Public Works and Public Utilities Director for the city of Fresno, from a pool of 58 candidates selected by executive recruitment firm Teri Black & Company. Wiemiller has worked for the city of Fresno for 13 years.

City staff has searched for a new administrator since former City Administrator Laurel Barcelona announced her retirement in June. Her last day in the office was Oct. 12. Economic Development Director Teresa Gallavan has served as interim city administrator and will continue to serve in that position until Wiemiller’s first day, scheduled for Jan. 6. He will be paid a base salary of $175,000, according to staff reports.

The decision to hire Wiemiller, 55, came after Teri Black & Company selected five candidates to present to the City Council. The recruitment firm began its search for applicants Sept. 9. Of the five candidates ultimately chosen by the firm, the council interviewed four people on Nov. 15 and 16 and agreed to select Wiemiller.

Wiemiller said the opportunity to work in Lompoc appealed to him because of the city’s sense of community and its potential.

”I am thrilled to be the individual chosen, and (I) look forward to working with the City Council, staff and community to enhance Lompoc’s economic vitality and build upon the city’s numerous assets,” he said.

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Aside from working for the city of Fresno, Wiemiller has worked for the city of Tracy and the Fresno Irrigation District. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance at California State University, Fresno, and later earned a master’s in business administration from the same university. Wiemiller began his work as director of public works in 2007 and the became director of public utilities in 2011.

In Fresno, Wiemiller oversees 887 employees and is responsible for an annual budget of about $574 million. In Lompoc, he will oversee 400 employees and work with a budget of $54 million.

“(Wiemiller) brings an impressive level of executive management and leadership experience to the city and is well-equipped to help lead our organization for many years to come,” Linn said.