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Menlo Park names new assistant city manager to oversee development projects

Former public works director Chip Taylor heading back to City Hall for No. 2 post

Charles "Chip" Taylor, former Menlo Park public works director, will return to service in Menlo Park as the city's new assistant city manager after leaving in June 2014 to work as Millbrae's assistant city manager.

Mr. Taylor took the helm as Menlo Park's public works director in 2011 after serving as the city's transportation manager; he had worked for the city since 2005.

When he took on the assistant city manager role in Millbrae last year, his salary was $173,904. Now, thanks to changes made to the assistant city manager position by the City Council in September, his new salary in Menlo Park will be $199,623.

In accordance with changes in the position's job description, he will have an expanded role in the city's development, managing the public works and community development departments, according to City Manager Alex McIntyre.

The new assistant city manager will "oversee some of the council's key goals for the next couple of years, dealing with development and capital projects," Mr. McIntyre said.

The position was vacated at the end of July with Starla Jerome-Robinson's retirement.

Formerly, the role had involved management of administrative services and special projects, and elements of that role have been temporarily filled by interim administrative services director Nick Pegueros. Mr. Pegueros was hired soon after he "involuntarily resigned" as Portola Valley town manager on Aug. 12.

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