Nadine Levin, who retired in June as Mountain View's longtime assistant city manager, has been named Atherton's transitional interim town manager, appointed to oversee operations in Town Hall until the City Council appoints a longer-term interim manager early next month.
She is expected to begin her duties at noon Friday (Oct. 22).
The council voted 4-0, with Councilman Charles Marsala absent, to hire Ms. Levin at its Wednesday night (Oct. 20) meeting. She will pick up duties from City Manager Jerry Gruber, whose last day on the job is this Friday (Oct. 22).
The council had counted on Assistant City Manager Eileen Wilkerson's taking charge until an interim manager was appointed. But late last week, Ms. Wilkerson unexpectedly announced her retirement, effective Oct. 21, giving the town only one week's notice.
Ms. Levin's contract is effective for 65 days, unless extended by the council or terminated earlier, with three working days' notice. She will be paid $3,700 per week for a 32-hour week.
Ms. Levin worked as second in command in Mountain View City Hall for just over 20 years, according to a Mountain View Voice article. Hired in December 1989, she came on board during unsteady times: The city manager, on the job for only seven months, resigned in January 1990. Ms. Levin was then appointed interim city manager after only one month in her assistant manager position. She served as interim manager for seven months.
Ms. Levin is an adjunct member in the masters of public administration program at the University of San Francisco, according information released by the town. She earned a master's degree in public administration from Wayne University, and a certificate in urban executive management from the Sloan School at MIT.
In a prepared statement, Mayor Kathy McKeithen said: "We feel very fortunate to have such a highly qualified person available to step into this position on short notice. Nadine has a strong background in local government, handling the full range of issues, from human resources to capital improvement projects. She's a hands-on administrator who gets stellar reviews for the work she does with residents, elected officials, and employees."
The council hopes to have a longer-term interim city manager in place by Nov. 8 or soon after. That person will oversee Town Hall until a recruitment process finds a permanent manager. The town has set a 5 p.m. Oct. 29 deadline for applications for the interim manager position.
The council decided in late September to appoint an interim manager so that the town could take its time in finding a permanent manager in a process that will include appointing a citizens committee to help interview the council-chosen finalists among candidates.
After this week, three of Atherton's top management positions will be vacant. Former building official Mike Wasmann left his position as head of the troubled building department in August, and the council is seeking applications for a replacement.