Milpitas is stillÂ strugglingÂ to move on from the dysfunctional regime of ex-City Manager Tom Williams, who got ousted last year afterÂ getting caught misspending taxpayer money. ButÂ the City CouncilâsÂ pickÂ of new interim successor on Tuesday raises questions about its judgment. Officials on Tuesday were poisedÂ to announce a final pick out of a field of 30 applicants and a handful of finalists. But instead of making an offer toÂ one of the strongest candidatesâJulie Edmonds-Mares, a deputy city manager in San Jose who didnât respond to Flyâs call for comment by press timeâthe council unanimously voted to hireÂ someoneÂ with a checkered past for the time being. That is:Â Dianne Thompson, who was fired as city manager of Arroyo Grande in 2016 and will take the reigns in Milpitas from former police chief Steve Pangelinan, who has filled the post since Williams left last fall. That reportedly makesÂ Thompson the first female city managerâinterim or notâin Milpitas history. No word yet on what led to her termination afterÂ less than a year on the job in the Central Coast town. Reached earlierÂ inÂ the day Tuesday, CouncilmanÂ Anthony PhanÂ made no mention of Thompson and would neither confirm nor deny whether Edmonds-Mares was a final contender. âAll I can say is that Julie Edmonds-Maresâ leadership is admirable and she would make a fine city manager anywhere.â Edmonds-Mares came to San Jose in 2007 after 12 years with the city of Tucson, Arizona. The veteran public servant worked her way up from acting to permanent parks ân rec chief before being bumped up to the city managerâs team in 2015.Â First-term MayorÂ Rich Tran, who campaigned as a vocal critic of Williams, skipped the Jan. 11 panel interviews because of a National Guard assignment and wasnât familiar with Edmonds-Mares, Thompson or the other finalists when Fly pressed for more details. He said he just wants the next top bureaucrat to be a step up from Williams, whose alleged bullying and harassment led to a pricy staff exodus and several millions of dollars in legal settlements. âWhoever it is, I just want it to be someone that truly loves the people of our city and someone who wants to be remembered in the cityâs history as one of the best,â Tran told Fly on Tuesday, hours before the closed session discussion about the ongoing recruitment. âThe people deserve it.â Hours later, heÂ cast his vote for Thompson.Â It will be interesting to see how a city managerÂ found undeserving of the job in Arroyo Grande will fare in Milpitas.