Former Garden Grove City Manager Matthew J. Fertal at his last city council meeting in December.

Garden Grove is launching a national search for a new city manager, as council members move quickly to find a top executive to lead the city.

The city will also begin immediately taking resumes and letters of interest for interim city manager from now until Dec. 15.

City council members announced their decision Tuesday night after a three hour closed session and a marathon meeting that adjourned at 2:30 in the morning. 

With the departure of a veteran city council member and six term mayor, a police chief, fire chief and City Manager Matthew Fertal retiring at the end of this year, council members will also need to select an interim city manager to lead the city over the next several months.

Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen said the council will have a closed session on Dec. 16. Interviews will be conducted on Dec. 17, according to a city press release.

The position would last 3 to 6 months, or until the completion of the national search, according to the press release. 

Nguyen said both the city manager and interim position are open to all applicants within and outside of the city, although the interim manager would not be eligible for the permanent position. 

Applications and letters of recommendation for the interim position are due to the city clerk by 5:00 pm on Dec. 15. 

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