Menlo Park Interim City Manager Glen Rojas has announced that the city's business development manager, Dave Johnson, will leave his post on Dec. 2. Mr. Johnson, who has worked for the city since 2003, is the first to hold that position.
"It has been an honor to work for the City, particularly with this management team," said Mr. Johnson in a press release.
In an interview, he explained that this is a good time for him to move on with Mr. Rojas departing soon, and there being a lull in activity.
He doesn't have another position lined up, but is taking time off to figure out what he wants to do next. He said he won't be leaving Menlo Park.
"It's been a very rewarding job for me. I feel I am valued at the city. And it's not easy to disengage and move on. It takes courage to do this kind of thing without a safe spot to land."
His time in office included developing the city's business development strategic plan and attracting and retaining numerous firms to Menlo Park, such as the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel and Spa, Marriott Hotel in the Menlo Gateway project, General Motors, Facebook, Ace Hardware, Amici's, Pendleton, and more.
Mr. Rojas said he will be evaluating options to maintain an aggressive business development program.
"Dave will be hard to replace. There are few individuals in the economic development community with Dave's private sector experience and his ability to understand and support the needs of the City's business community," Mr. Rojas said in the statement.