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County will pay David Boesch $270,000-plus

Original post made on Nov 21, 2008

Former Menlo Park city manager David Boesch, the man chosen to replace longtime San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie when he retires at the end of the year, will make $270,234 a year when he picks up the reins on Jan. 1.

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Comments (25)

Posted by accountability, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 21, 2008 at 9:56 pm

City, county managers all seem to be recession proof. So much for executive salary cutbacks to balance budgets in these difficult times.
Clueless politicians are all the same, just like corporate boards of directors. Rubber stamp compensation packages at the expense of taxpayers/shareholders, regardless of fiscal uncertaintees.
Might the county Grand Jury want to weigh in on this?

Posted by penny pincher, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Unbelievable where out hard earned money goes.

Posted by bereal, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 23, 2008 at 5:36 pm

What kind of compensation should an executive receive for running a company with 1000's of employees? or an enterprise that includes as diverse services such hospitals, jails, parks, streets? What is it worth to have an executive on call 24/7 ready to lead during natural and manmade emergencies? The Board of Supervisors offered him the same pay as the current executive. No signing bonus, no jets, no fancy homes, no stock options or luxury retreats. It's a fair deal.

Posted by overpaid and unqualified, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Boesch is barely competent, and if he runs the county the way he ran the city, we are all in trouble. Has everyone forgotten the way he scammed the city into subsidizing his mortgages for not one but two houses in Menlo Park?

He has plenty of perks, including 9 weeks vacation --I doubt he is EVER on call 24/7 -- and a travel budget that would make Sarah Palin proud. Somehow, I doubt we are getting our money's worth.

Posted by penny pincher, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm

In most companies, there is a broad range of compensation for a position so that as experience and good performance occur, raises can be given. Someone who has NEVER held such a position of responsibility as Boesch should not be paid initially anywhere near what his experienced successor earned. That's right, earned! He should have that opportunity but not a gift off the bat. Appalling.

Posted by gosh, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Nov 24, 2008 at 2:10 pm

No one here has yet proved that they have any kind of experience running large organizations but you viciously cut down those who do.

To take on the characteristic of a pleb is like a badge of honor here in Menlo Park, where millionaires bemoan other people's guys are all loaded with money and bitter as lemons.

Some people do deserve to be in charge. Tough luck.

Posted by Tom, a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I absolutely agree with Bereal. Also, I knew David when he was the City Manager--I like him, he knows his stuff and he is honest. As a County resident, I'm thrilled to have him on the job, and I know he'll earn every penny and then some. Come on folks, 270K for a big job like that-not at all out of line.

Posted by not a FOB, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm

And some people don't deserve to be in charge, and they obtain their positions through their connections, through belonging to the right church or the right club. We, who pay their salaries, have no say in the matter.

I didn't realize anyone in Menlo Park liked Boesch, so at least I learned something today. He was a disaster as our city manager. At least his mistakes in his new office will be diffused over a larger area so may not impact us so negatively.

I also didn't realize that millionnaires weren't allowed to comment on the job performance of their public servants. That's the most illogical statement I've seen all week!

Posted by highly suspect, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 24, 2008 at 7:35 pm

From the posts above, I conclude those who think Boesch's salary is ok, must be employed by the government --- They want to protect their own positions. If the top guy get this much, those lower on the ladder will profit also.

Posted by Observer, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 24, 2008 at 8:10 pm

not a FOB:
"I didn't realize anyone in Menlo Park liked Boesch"

You mean, other than Winkler, Duboc and Would-Be King Jellins?

Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Don't forget that our city manager makes $250k in salary and bonuses. And he has a fraction of the responsibility.

All overpaid. No accountability.

Posted by Alright Observer~, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:45 pm

I KNEW "Observer" couldn't write one posting without including "Winkler, Duboc and Jellins". You are a bitter, angry person.............this is "so 2+ years ago"! Get over it!
The posts above list NO examples of why Dave was such a "disaster". Would someone PLEASE start including facts and figures, and not a bunch of subjective heresay. As far as the mortgages, he got what he got, and it went with the position. Again, get over it, he got something you didn't oh well?!

Posted by truth, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Joanna, you couldn't see $250K a year if you tried. Don't be jealous and don't be bitter, just embrace your limitations and inability to use real facts.

Posted by poor old man, a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Nov 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Where can I apply for that job?? maybe even assisntant job would be nice & w/ vacations as well - I'll start packing

Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 26, 2008 at 5:06 pm


Again, another comment that demonstrates your levelbof intelligence. You never cease to put your foot in your mouth, Belle Haven.

I would make a suggestion on where to become relevant, but you are a lost cause. I look forward to your next inteligent and relevant comment.

Posted by one disaster, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 27, 2008 at 6:21 am

You want an example of Boesch in-competence. His needing to have the City bail him out of a personal financial crisis, when he buys two homes he can't afford and the City lends him some more money.

Then the Burgess Pool allowed to be privitized, on a no bid basis, so he could keep in good stead with the DuBoc, Winkler, Jellins crowd. Disaster. One should only look at how the City's reserve fund has declined and continues to decline under recent council and new City Manager's leadership.

Posted by wondering, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 28, 2008 at 11:18 am

"One disaster", I hadn't heard about the city bailing him out of a personal financial crisis. Could you elaborate?

As far as I'm concerned, the fact that not even the city council seemed to be clear about the city's finances, although some council members were asking specific questions, was an indication of a serious flaw in Boesch's management style and/or ability. The passage of the utility tax based on residents' and council members' belief that we were in serious financial peril, only to "find" -- what? another million bucks? -- was stunning. When something that egregious happens, where should the buck stop? In my opinion, at the city manager's desk.

Posted by watcher, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 28, 2008 at 3:12 pm

The city helped pay off his loan to Sunnyvale (where he had previously worked) then gave him a loan to buy a house in Menlo Park. After a few months, he decided to buy a bigger house and put the first house on the market. didn't sell, so the city was subsidizing both houses.

Posted by Observer II, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Alright Observer:
"this is "so 2+ years ago"! Get over it!"

So I assume we should give a free pass to Bush as well since his time is up?

And BTW - this isn't quite like W-D-J who have slunk away out of sight (hopefully forever) and who weren't living on the taxpayers dole to begin with - this involves a guy now stealing $270k in taxpayer dollars thanks to his political connections, not competence (which he sorely lacked). That's especially galling in these economic times.

So no, we shouldn't just "get over it" when it comes to "Dave" (and obviously you must be a dear friend of his, using "Dave" instead of "David").

Posted by Penny Ury, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 3, 2008 at 12:35 pm

If Mr. Boesch was such a fantastic city manager, why is the Menlo Park planning dept only recouping 50% of its costs from applicants?

That's crazy. There is no other town on the Peninsula that is doing such a poor job of cost recovery. During his entire tenure, apparently he never looked at the fee table.

Instead, while the city has been fretting over budget problems, and passing a utility users tax, half a million dollars has been going to prop up the planning department!

Posted by Raquel, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Dec 4, 2008 at 11:06 am

Between the lousy economy and the state's budget crisis, the new county manager is going to have his hands full. He needs our support as he takes on this huge task.

Posted by watcher, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

In difficult economic times, we need to keep particularly close watch on the people who run our government. It may be very tempting for them to use their position to spare themselves the pain that everyone else is suffering. Boesch is not a criminal, but he has also not shown any sign of personal integrity.

Posted by jack be nimble, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 5, 2008 at 6:04 am

Give David an A grade from being one step ahead. He leaves Menlo Park, before a new council can boot him out, lands a plum in the ass't manager job at the county and then is promoted to county manager.

Of course with supervisors like Gibson, who has little to offer and does little, what do you expect? We should be seeing a drastic reduction in services and personal at the county level as the State's economy tanks, but that is not what will happen. We will see more salary increases, fee increases an vain attempts to balance budgets.

California is leading the nation with its lowest credit rating and out of control spending. I would hardly expect Boesch to provide any leadership since he can't even manage his own personal finances. at least he wasn't until he got this $270K / year promotion.

Posted by ken, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 5, 2008 at 8:52 am

I'm no fan of Boesch, or for that matter of Supervisor Gibson, but why single her out? The 5 member board voted unanimously for Boesch. Maybe more discontented Menlo Park residents should have made their concerns about Boesch known when he was hired by the county almost 2 years ago. Now the county's stuck with him.

Posted by Penny Ury, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

Well, the county's not stuck with him forever. If Boesch performs for the county the way he did for Menlo Park, let's hope the Supes have enough sense to fire him.

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