David Boesch, the current county manager and former Menlo Park city manager, will resign the county post Dec. 31, the county announced today.
The announcement followed a closed session of the Board of Supervisors. According to the county statement, "Boesch said it was clear that he and the Board had different philosophies and that in the best interest of the organization he tendered his resignation."
Mr. Boesch's last day in the office will be Nov. 15. Between then and Dec. 31, he will help in the transition to an interim county manager not yet chosen.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this organization during especially challenging times," Mr. Boesch said in the statement. "I will forever treasure this experience and the many fond memories and friendships."
Mr. Boesch managed Menlo Park between July 2000 and February 2007, when he was named assistant county manager. He took the top job in the county in late 2008, upon the retirement of John Maltbie, who served as county manager for 19 years. It was also the time of the financial crisis.
"I have a real passion for working on problems that on the surface seem intractable," he said in the statement. "What I have learned in my career in public service is that almost any problem is solvable if you bring together the people involved and demonstrate a genuine commitment to working in partnership toward a solution."
Mr. Boesch has a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and previous served as community development director in Nashua, New Hampshire, and in Sunnyvale.
Board President Carole Groom, noting Mr. Boesch's many contributions, said the board will look nationwide for a new manager.