Former City Manager of Desert Hot Springs Moves On
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.
Rick 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.
For over 40 years Dean has been published in a variety of small newspapers and magazines. As publisher he founded an alternative city weekly newspaper in 2008 and published over 200 uninterrupted issues over 4 years to over 20,000 readers via 800 locations (and online) before selling the business. Now online with over 3 million readers worldwide.
Dean is a Master Carpenter and the author of the biography of Hilda M Gray, desert homesteader. He served as Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs from January 2014 to January 2015 when he resigned.
Dean M Gray is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors and lives in Palm Desert, California.