Posted by Apples and Oranges, a resident of another community, on Jun 25, 2012 at 9:12 am
Part of the problem might be found in the compensation. The Council approved salary levels in its last meeting. The City Manager's top salary is now capped at $160,000.
The Mayor suggests the Holbrook Palmer Park residence's value should be considered part of the compensation. Fair enough. Unfortunately, it carries different values to different candidates. A local candidate might value it less than someone from an outside community. Other candidates might find living in a public park does not afford the privacy they desire.
What's the value of the City Manager's house? Based on published information (below), to get to median for the sampling, the house would need to be worth $66,000 / year to the candidate. What kind of house could one rent for $5,500 a month that might be a better value?
Of course, you could question whether median compensation is appropriate for an Atherton City Manager. Atherton's City Manager shouldn't require the skills of South San Francisco, Foster City, or Daly City. But, do they need the skills of Half Moon Bay? Hillsborough is a city of similar character (wealth, property size, community values). Their City Manager is at the top end of the scale. Is that where Atherton needs to be?
These numbers are taken from the San Jose Mercury News public employee database. The represent the summed base + misc compensation figures.
$160,000 Atherton's Offer (not including the City Manager's house)
$191,036 Half Moon Bay
$203,809 San Bruno
$224,183 Foster City
$226,236 Redwood City
$233,855 Redwood City
$237,337 San Mateo
$240,792 South San Francisco
$278,489 Daly City
Posted by observer, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm
They do not need to pay very much as they have three Junior City Managers available to help out, second guess, and offer their expertise and any given time reducing the work load.