It may be time for Menlo Park's former human resources director, Glen Kramer, to start enjoying a leisurely retirement: the city has hired Gina Donnelly to replace him.
Ms. Donnelly, who spent the last 11 years working for the city of San Jose, most recently as deputy director of employee relations, began working for Menlo Park on Monday, July 23, staff said.
She arrives with experience in labor negotiations, according to the city's announcement. Ms. Donnelly earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from San Jose State University and has also worked as a child care center director and behavioral therapist.
City Manager Alex McIntyre, also a relative newcomer to Menlo Park, told the Almanac he wants Ms. Donnelly "to take a fresh look at helping me create a 21st century progressive public sector organization."
Ms. Donnelly replaces Glen Kramer, who worked on contract following his retirement after nearly 40 years with the city. She starts with an annual salary of $135,000 and retirement benefits that fall in line with the two-tier pension system implemented by Measure L.
"I am excited about the challenges ahead," said Ms. Donnelly in a written statement. "I am looking forward to joining Menlo Park's talented staff and working in a complex and dynamic City."