Help Menlo Park choose new city manager


Tell Menlo Park what you want in a city manager -- the city has posted an online survey to ask residents what skills, experience, and attributes the successful applicant should have.

Interim City Manager Glen Rojas retired on July 15, but remains on as a contractor through December or until the city hires a replacement.

Go here to take the survey, which will stay online until Sept. 20. Residents can also comment during the City Council Tuesday night meetings on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, or write recruitment firm Avery Associates at

Of course, the ability to tell the council what you think about the new city manager -- or the old one -- will continue to be available during public comment on Tuesday nights.

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Posted by Dharma
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

The glaring need in Menlo Park government is the restoration of balance between revenues and costs. There are those who feel we should "grow our way out of debt", and there is logic behind replacing our commercial tax base lost to years of deliberate restriction on commercial land use. But no way that can repay the debt you are piling up for truly generous city employee benefits. The Measure L people exposed the numbers complete with links to facts and sources. Its still amazing me that past city leaders could get us into this based on fantasy investment numbers from the pension people (and a complicent city manager.)

The city needs a city manager who will just bring labor costs back to Y2K levels, and is willing to use contract labor like several other cities do, some for decades, who never bit on Ponzi scheme pension deals. Since we hope that that focus is not for years, gets done, the city needs an "interim city manager" like Atherton hired, one who isn't worried about "getting along" with pension-millionaire staff and being one him/herself.

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