Douglas Mayor and City Council approved the hiring of a new city manager at a special meeting Thursday night.
Douglas native Carlos De La Torre was approved by a 6-1 vote to replace Curtis Shook who is retiring June 28.
De La Torre will officially take over July 2. He will be paid an annual salary of $120,000
Councilwoman Marget Morales was the lone nay vote Thursday. Morales stated at the meeting she wasn’t against De La Torre’s hiring but rather against the salary he was going to be paid feeling it was a little high.
“I feel honored,” De La Torre said after Thursday’s meeting when asked how it felt to be named Douglas’ new city manager. “It’s a great opportunity for me. It’s a great opportunity I believe for the community as a whole and really appreciate the council has given me and really look forward to working with the council and the community.”
De La Torre is a 1988 Douglas High School graduate then attended both Cochise College and the University of Arizona. He has worked for the City of Tucson, Bisbee, Douglas, Cochise County and now back to the City of Douglas.
“I’m happy about the opportunity and look forward to whatever challenges we have ahead of us,” he said.
Douglas’ new Mayor Danny Ortega Jr. said this is an exciting start for the city.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Mr. De La Torre,” he said. “We’ve known each other for a few years now and I think together we can as a council and Mr. De La Torre take this city a long ways.”
Twenty people applied for the City Manager’s position; five were interviewed and of those five De La Torre was selected.
In other action Thursday the city council renewed its liability insurance with Travelers Insurance for Fiscal Year 2012/13.