It was either a brilliant move or a decision made in desperation, but a council majority of the City of Maywood recently hired a new city administrator with no previous local government experience. The decision was quickly criticized and resulted in less-than positive news coverage.
But when we sat down to talk with Reuben Martinez, a former aerospace executive, we discovered something we do not often encounter in ranks of municipal executives: boundless enthusiasm. Despite the challenges of a state audit and other fiscal problems in Maywood, Martinez remains optimistic he can help guide the city through dark times.
We believe Maywood’s decision offers a unique opportunity to explore this month’s focus in the Latino Policy Connection:
What makes an effective public executive?