Councilman Ron Beilke denied the job description is tailored to ensure Fuentes has a good chance at the city manager’s job. “The position has never required a college degree, going back to Courtemarche’s time,” he said. “We did not dummy down the position. We inherited this.” So far, 13 people have applied for the city manager job. The candidates will be narrowed to three after the Nov. 17 application deadline, said Beilke. Fuentes is not among the applicants, but he would be considered if he applies, added Beilke. “I feel he is highly qualified and I would consider him,” he said. — Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Job listings for a new director of public works and a director of finance specifically require at least a bachelor’s degree. “We believe this is a setup to hire Chuck, although he doesn’t have the education or experience,” said Virginia Aguirre of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, a local community group. Councilman Gregory Salcido echoed that belief. “It looks like a certain consultant has written his own job description,” said Salcido, who opposed Fuentes’ hiring. “The fact that the education requirement has been left out of the flier causes me concern.” Fuentes was hired soon after the council fired longtime City Manager Dennis Courtemarche in May. PICO RIVERA — Wanted: One city manager. Experience: Should have a strong background in government finance and municipal administrative law. Salary: $150,000 a year. Education: No college degree is required. City officials have released job requirements for the vacant city manager’s position, but a paragraph labeled “ideal candidate” makes no mention of a college degree as a prerequisite. The listing does include a sentence saying a master’s degree is “a plus.” That omission instantly prompted critics of the City Council to charge that it was designed to clear the way for the city to hire consultant Chuck Fuentes to the post. Fuentes, who was out of his office and did not return calls, does not list any college degrees on his resume. His experience includes a job as chief of staff for Rep. Grace Napolitano,D-Santa Fe Springs, and serving as chief administrative officer for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.