Morning roundup

Today, on his first day as interim city manager, Kevin O’Rourke arrived at City Hall at 7:35 a.m. He knew where to park, in the sally port. On the Second Floor, O’Rourke had no key code, and City Attorney Ren Nosky let him in.

“I’m going to go in and get to work,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke, 58, managed Fairfield for a decade, retiring in 2007. He previously managed Buena Park, from 1985 to 1997. He lives in Fairfield and said today that he will look for a place to stay here during the week. He joked about being interested if anyone has a garage.

O’Rourke said he told the City Council when he interviewed here that he was not interested in “warming the chair” while the council searches for a permanent successor to Gordon Palmer, who retired last month. O’Rourke said he is interested in Stockton because of its size – it is larger than any city he has managed – and because of the issues is has. Its financial state is one of those issues, though not one unique to Stockton, he said.

The manager’s staff meeting is at 10 a.m. This morning’s will be O’Rourke’s first. He said he had no major edict to issue. It is best to know where the bathrooms are before one does that, he said.

O’Rourke is expected to attend the 4 p.m. meeting of the council’s budget and finance committee.

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