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Former Grover Beach City Manager Robert Perrault, seen in a February 2016 file photo, was appointed interim city administrator by the Guadalupe City Council during Tuesday's meeting. He will begin the job on March 1.  

The Guadalupe City Council on Tuesday appointed former Grover Beach City Manager Robert Perrault to serve as interim city administrator until a permanent replacement can be hired.

Perrault, who retired from Grover Beach in 2016 after serving as city manager for 10 years, has a combined 34 years of experience in municipal government. He previously served as city manager for the cities of Colfax and Cloverdale.  

On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint Perrault to the position. He will begin serving as interim city administrator on March 1. 

The council's vote comes in advance of City Administrator Cruz Ramos stepping down.

Ramos, who submitted her resignation in December, will serve through the end of February. Ramos' resignation request came two years into her three-year contract with the city. 

In addition to an interim city administrator appointment, the City Council's agenda item appointed Perrault to an "extra help" position that would begin Feb. 18. The "extra help" designation is intended to ease the transition by allowing Perrault to begin working as needed before his interim position begins on March 1. 

Due to CalPERS regulations for retired employees, Perrault is limited to working 960 hours during the 2018-19 fiscal year, or about 30 hours per week.  

He will be paid the same $55 per hour rate that is paid to Ramos, but he will not receive any other employment benefits.

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Razi Syed covers Santa Maria City Government for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.  Follow him on Twitter @razisyed