Nicholas M. Pegueros, a native of northern San Mateo County and the current finance and administrative services director for the town of Los Altos Hills, will take over as Portola Valley town manager on May 1.
He was appointed in a unanimous vote of the Town Council Wednesday night (March 28).
The council had met six times in closed session to interview candidates seeking to succeed longtime Town Manager Angie Howard, Mayor Maryann Derwin said.
"In true Portola Valley fashion, we took an extended amount of time to deliberate on a new town manager," Ms. Derwin said. "The decision was agonizing because the candidates were so good."
"I am very enthusiastic about my future here and I look forward to working with all of you," Mr. Pegueros said.
He will receive a base salary of $162,000, a car allowance of $3,000 per year, health insurance, three weeks annual vacation for the first five years and four weeks thereafter, and $5,000 annually for professional growth, according to a copy of his contract with the town.
Mr. Pegueros has a master's degree in executive public administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University, according to a statement from the town.
His public service career began in San Bruno in various finance-related positions. At Los Altos Hills, he manages financial, personnel and information technology services for the town, the statement said.