Ken Hunt has retired as Fontana's city manager, Mayor Acquanetta Warren said on July 11.
Hunt had been the city manager for the past 20 years and had been a city employee since 1990. An official announcement of Hunt's retirement was made by the City Council, but not by Hunt, on July 15.
No reason was given for the suddenness of Hunt's departure.
Michael Milhiser was named the interim city manager in Fontana on July 15. Milhiser is a former city manager of Ontario, Montclair and Upland and retired chief administrative officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. He has been a board member of the Monte Vista Water District since 2007.
Prior to being hired as city manager, Hunt worked in the capacity of city auditor, budget officer, purchasing officer, finance director, and human resources director in Fontana, according to the city's website.
Over the years, Hunt had consistently been praised by elected officials for his financial expertise, which had helped Fontana receive critical acclaim and awards at the state, federal and international levels, the city's website said. In 2016, The Fiscal Times listed Fontana as the second most fiscally sound city in the nation.
On the website, Hunt's list of accomplishments included recognition of excellence in financial reports for more than 20 consecutive years.
This statement was included at the bottom of Hunt's biography page on the city website: "Mr. Hunt loves the challenge of being City Manager and is blessed to work with a talented team of individuals who turn those challenges into opportunities each and every day. His advice to his staff is that when faced with a difficult decision, you must always do the right thing."