Atherton's City Council plans to interview on Monday five candidates -- among them the town's current "bridge" interim manager -- for the interim city manager position. The council meeting starts at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15.
The special meeting will begin in open session, but the interviews will be conducted in closed session after a public comment period.
The five candidates live in California cities large and small. In addition to Nadine Levin of San Mateo, who was appointed last month to oversee Town Hall operations until a longer-term interim manager is found, the candidates are John Danielson of Elk Grove, Martha Debry of San Jose, Eli Naffah of Crescent City, and Gene Rogers of Pebble Beach.
Among the duties the longer-term interim manager will be assigned is overseeing the process of recruiting a permanent city manager.
Council members decided to appoint an interim town manager to give them time to engage in a more intensive process to find a permanent manager soon after then-City Manager Jerry Gruber announced his resignation, effective Oct. 22. But before the Oct. 29 application deadline for the interim position closed, Assistant City Manager Eileen Wilkerson unexpectedly announced her retirement, giving only one week's notice, leaving the town without leadership.
The council scrambled to find someone to manage town operations until a longer-term interim manager could be found. Ms. Levin, who retired earlier this year as Mountain View's assistant city manager, was hired and on the job by Oct. 22.
Ms. Levine is a consultant for Management Partners.
The following are thumbnail sketches of the other four candidates, provided by the town.
Mr. Danielson is a former city manager of Elk Grove and Wildomar. He operates Danielson Associates in Sacramento.
Ms. Debry is public works director of Hillsborough, and previously served as that town's assistant city manager.
Mr. Naffah is a former city manager of Crescent City and Rio Dell. He now operates Naffah Consulting.
Mr. Rogers was city manager of Moreno Valley, and served for five years as Sunnyvale's employment development director. He now works with Local Government Management Consultants.
Click here to view the town's news release on the candidates.
The special meeting will be held in the council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road in the Town Center.