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Palm Desert City Council names new city manager

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Palm Desert didn’t have to go far to find its new city manager. The city is in negotiations with Lauri Aylaian, who worked for the city for 16 years before leaving last fall for a job as economic development director for the city of Palm Springs. The City Council voted unanimously in closed session Thursday to open negotiations with Aylaian, who would replace John Wohlmuth who left in April amidst allegations of sexual harassment. The decision was made following a “rigorous and extensive” process that began April 28 with a nationwide search conducted by Ralph Anderson & Associates, Mayor Bob Spiegel said at the start of Thursday’s City Council meeting. “Lauri Aylaian is the best person for the job. She has great

knowledge of our city and will be able to hit the ground running,” Spiegel said, reading from a Lauri Aylaian prepared press release. City employees attending the council meeting applauded the announcement. Aylaian, who was not available for comment Thursday, worked for the city of Palm Desert starting in 1999 as a project administrator and rising to community development director – the position she held when she resigned last year. “Palm Desert has crafted an exciting new vision for the future and has an exceptional staff that embraces the vision and is anxious to implement,” Aylaian said in a written statement. “I’m honored to be chosen to play a Please see AYLAIAN, 5A

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