The Council's 16 January agenda includes this item:
13. WATKINS HOUSE RESIDENCY
Report: City Manager Rodericks
Recommendation: Direct the Mayor and Vice Mayor to work with the City Manager to revise his contract to adjust for the housing benefit
Atherton has a tradition of having a Town Manager who resides within the Town. The Council is now considering, ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR, a policy/compensation change which will change that tradition.
The Town Manager has publicly stated:
"Rodericks said distance has its advantages."
"From a city manager's perspective, sometimes it's nice to go home," he said. "If you live in a small town, you're always on.".
Do we really want to pay our Town Manager More to be Less available?
If the Town Manager is paid NOT to live in the Town Manager's residence then the Town will bear BOTH the additional compensation expense as well as the cost of maintaining the existing and empty Town Manager's residence. And we will have a truly absentee Town Manager who lives in Marin and commutes to Atherton. What happens when a crisis or a natural disaster occurs?
I believe that Rodericks is doing an excellent job but this policy change would be a huge mistake.