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Longtime Vista resident is new assistant city manager

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Imelda M. Huerta is Vista’s new assistant city manager. (Photo by Aaron Gilliam, city of Vista)

A longtime Vista resident with extensive experience in local government service has been hired as the city’s new assistant city manager.

Imelda M. Huerta, who had been the assistant to the city manager since January 2022, began her new position on Sept. 13, according to a city announcement.

“Having witnessed Imelda Huerta’s incredible journey spanning over 23 years in local government, I am proud and thrilled to announce her promotion to Assistant City Manager,” Vista City Manager John Conley said in the announcement. “Her fantastic work ethic, positive attitude, and genuine care for residents and coworkers are just a few of her commendable traits.”

Click here for more OsideNewsConley chose Huerta for the position after interviews with community members, city staff members and leadership.

“Imelda’s commitment to delivering excellent customer service, paired with her unique perspective as a Vista native, makes her an invaluable asset to our city,” Conley said.

Huerta started her work in government with Vista in 2000. In the time since, she served two years in various positions with Vista, Escondido and Menifee. She is a San Diego County region Board Member for the Municipal Management Association of Southern California and a member of the International City/County Management Association.

“I am deeply honored to assume the role of Assistant City Manager for the City of Vista,” Huerta said in the city’s announcement. “As a Vista native, my commitment to this community is unwavering. I’m eager to collaborate with City Manager John Conley and our dedicated City staff to deliver excellent services to the community. Working closely with local, regional, state, and federal officials, residents, businesses, and community leaders is crucial to upholding and enhancing the values and goals of our community.”

Huerta is a military spouse who enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, according to the city. She is also a Vista High School graduate.

She has a master’s degree in public administration from California State University Dominguez Hills and a bachelor’s in sociology from California State University San Marcos. In addition, Huerta holds a professional certificate in grant writing from San Diego State University and recently completed work with the ICMA High-Performance Leadership Academy.