Arvin city manager hired in Las Vegas suburb despite concerns from residents

Alfonso Noyola is pictured during an interview with Eyewitness News reporters in February.

Arvin's city manager has resigned, effective at the end of March. He's taken a job in Boulder City, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas.

Alfonso Noyola was confirmed at a meeting of the Boulder City council Tuesday despite some objection during public comment that the council there hadn't done their homework when they offered him the job.

"I wonder if the council directly has done enough due diligence themselves on his record in Arvin," said Neal Siniakin, a resident of Boulder City. "It was the subject of four investigative reports."

Noyola presided over Arvin for three years and for the last year has attempted to steer the city through a major budget crisis he says began years prior to his arrival.

Eyewitness News in February investigated complaints that Noyola was given permission be "remotely available" on Fridays, freeing him to spend more time in Las Vegas, where he owns a home, registers his vehicle and votes.

Residents who attended the meeting Tuesday in Boulder City when Noyola was confirmed asked the council to clarify where Noyola will be required to live. The council debated giving him a deadline to have a Boulder City address, but Noyola spoke up against the idea.

"There is not a whole lot of inventory when it comes to rentals or sale of actual residences here in Boulder City," he said. "So it may potentially create a problem where, you know, we might not be able to do that if there's not adequate housing available within that particular period of time."

The council voted moments later to approve the contract with the stipulation that he move to town in a "reasonable" amount of time. The one dissenting member of the council worried the agreement is vague.

"Using the word reasonable is open to interpretation and doesn't set any limit," he said. "Reasonable could be never and that's not what our charter calls for as far as residency."

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