“I’m Back With Vigor to Work

first_imgThe re-appointed Commissioner of Caldwell, Madam Alexine Mendscole-Howard, has assured the residents of her vigor (strength) to develop the township.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, April 21, at her office in Caldwell, Commissioner Howard indicated that her leadership will not go after residents who are engaged in spreading falsehood just to gain political relevance, but will work around the clock and develop every community in Caldwell.Her statement was in direct reaction to what she termed “misinformation” that residents in the township recently spread indicating that she abandoned her job during the height of the Ebola crisis.Based on the rumor, some of the residents reportedly recommended someone else to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to head the township.“I don’t have a problem with that because the President has the political power to hire anybody of her choice in government; but my being away was to seek further medical check-up, and I ask God to vindicate me from those lies against,” she explained.She maintains that why in the US undergoing medical treatment, she wrote a formal letter to the Superintendent of Montserrado County, and copied the Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), informing authorities there that she was undergoing a serious surgery in the United States.She said being reinstated as Commissioner of Caldwell did not surprise her because her bosses were informed appropriately about everything she did.“All the propaganda they ran against me did not move me at all because on April 6, I received a letter from President Sirleaf stating that I had been reinstated.”Comm. Howard said it was another political plus for her and the people of Caldwell, “because I’m back with vigor to move the township forward.”“The idea crafted by some unscrupulous residents to steal and sell land that does not belong to them since they are tricky and crooked is not going to work with me and my staff,” she warned.Comm. Howard said she has announced to the residents that she is back so that the people in Caldwell will know that somebody has their interest at heart and that her administration will work with them to achieve their development objectives.Additionally, she said that her administration does not only have the interest of the residents at heart, but she has personally advocated for the Land Commissioner to establish a sub office in Caldwell to settle some of the land related disputes.She then called on residents to rally around her administration to ensure that the township is on par with other developing townships.At the same, Comm. Howard has declared that her administration will be more robust in dealing with issues of the township nowadays rather than being lenient administratively.She expressed gratitude to the President for affording her another opportunity to serve her people in the township.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

El Monte manager ready to retire

first_imgEL MONTE – After nearly 46 years in the workforce, 30 of them with the city of El Monte, City Manager Juan Mireles is retiring. “I’ve been working since I was 14, and I feel like I’ve put in a good amount of time working, and now I need some rest,” said Mireles, who will turn 60 this year. “I need a break.” Mireles, who has held several posts in El Monte over three decades, will be replaced by Assistant City Manager Jim Mussenden effective July 1, city officials announced Tuesday. City Council members elected to hire from within the administration, seeking “continuity” in leadership for the city’s ongoing projects, said Matthew Weintraub, El Monte’s administrative service officer. Mireles said Mussenden is expected to appoint Dante Hall, deputy city manager for community development, as his assistant city manager in July. “I really believe that the team we have here in the city will help carry out the goals and objectives of the City Council,” Mireles said. Mussenden is hopeful that his transition will be smooth, citing that Mireles’ leadership in the last three years has helped make city agencies more cohesive. Mussenden has been with El Monte for 23 years and in his present position for two. He said he looks forward to some of the responsibilities that come with holding the top position in El Monte. “It’s a great opportunity to be involved in all facets of city government,” he said. “To help direct the city and to be involved in that process with City Council.” As the potential incoming assistant city manager, Hall hopes to build a team that could help carry on Mireles’ goals. “He’s been able to do some things that are really going to impact El Monte in the future,” Hall said. “Juan’s been a visionary in helping to support that.” Mireles came to El Monte as an administrative assistant in the community development department. In the early 1980s, he introduced the city to the first-time home-buyer program, through which residents may receive federal funding to rehabilitate their property. Mireles worked his way up to the city manager post, where he oversees 10 staff members and five department heads. One of Mireles’ biggest undertakings came recently when he helped introduce a proposal by local developer Titan Group Inc. for a transit village project in El Monte. Council members approved the $600 million project on Dec. 6. “The last two years have been focused on redevelopment and bringing higher- quality housing into the community,” Mireles said, adding that he plans to leave El Monte having given more attention to residents’ concerns with density. Hall’s latest specialty involves the community. As the point person in the city’s general plan update process, he has solicited residents’ feedback regarding their vision of El Monte’s future. “The time in El Monte is really right,” Hall said. “I think we have a good team in the department heads and the council to really make a change in El Monte, and I’m looking forward to that.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more