DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The city will be losing Richard A Daniels as city manager when he takes the job to become city manager in Needles, California.
Popularly known in the Coachella Valley as “Rick” Daniels, just a few weeks ago he was rejected by Clackamas County Oregon in his bid for the job there as chief administrator.
The Needles City Council met with Daniels in executive session before the July 23 regular meeting, according to the Needles Desert Star. Daniels remained for the regular session of the council up until the announcement was made of his hiring.
Daniels was top pick of 11 applications responding, after the city announced it was seeking a manager, according to Council Member Linda Kidd as reported by the Desert Star.
Needles is a small desert city of less than 5,000 population and remotely located on Interstate 40 between Barstow and Arizona.
Daniels has served the community of Desert Hot Springs since 2007 and has placed himself in controversial fire for a number of issues as detailed on the Mother of all Rick Daniels Webpage.
Details about Daniels’ contract are not yet available as final contract provisions are to be brought before the Needles City Council in August.