Menlo Park: Assistant city manager to depart for Sunnyvale


Longtime Menlo Park staff official and current Assistant City Manager Chip Taylor has announced that he plans to depart Menlo Park on Feb. 23 to begin work as Sunnyvale's public works director starting March 19.

Mr. Taylor was first hired by the city of Menlo Park as its transportation manager in 2005, and worked for the city a total of about 11 years. He served as Menlo Park's public works director before taking on the same role in Millbrae. He was later promoted to assistant city manager in Millbrae before returning to Menlo Park in October 2015 as its assistant city manager.

Since then, he's had a three-word mandate as his job description.

That mandate is written on a coaster he received from City Manager Alex McIntyre: Get "stuff" done – but replace "stuff" with an expletive.

Mr. McIntyre said he sought to hire Mr. Taylor after the former assistant city manager left because of Mr. Taylor's familiarity with the city and his expertise.

"I needed somebody who could marry public works to community development," he said. "I knew Chip could do that."

Mr. Taylor was born in Kentucky and grew up in different parts of the country. He attended high school in Southern California and college at San Jose State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He then received a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver, and worked in Colorado for about 10 years before beginning work with the city of Menlo Park.

Many of the projects Mr. Taylor said he's proud of working on have to do with improving the city's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure: replacing the bike and pedestrian overcrossing on U.S. 101 at Ringwood Avenue and getting sidewalks installed on Santa Cruz Avenue.

He also helped oversee the traffic mitigation plans for different neighborhoods, and the development of the city's El Camino Real/downtown specific plan and its general plan update for the the light industrial area near the Bay, called "ConnectMenlo."

Sunnyvale plans to offer Mr. Taylor substantially higher compensation: his starting annual salary will be $245,000; Menlo Park's salary schedule indicates a maximum salary for assistant city manager of $211,761.

"It's bittersweet for me," Mr. Taylor said. "I do enjoy the people I work with here."

He added that Sunnyvale is a bigger city but has similar problems to Menlo Park, and that he's looking forward to working on capital projects there.


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10 people like this
Posted by Willows Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Will miss Chip. He was one of the good ones. This is a big loss for MP.

9 people like this
Posted by Again?
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Almost as much turnover at the City of Menlo Park as there is at the White House. It's not just about getting a bigger paycheck. It's time to find a new City Manager instead of losing good City staff.

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Posted by Stuck In The Middle With You
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 13, 2018 at 8:49 pm

What did this guy do, exactly? All of the projects he listed are things that other staff members were the lead on- Transportation does traffic mitigation plans, Planning ran the ConnectMenlo process, etc.

That plus the lack of comments here indicate to me that he was basically $211,761 of "meh." Sounds like addition by subtraction!

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 13, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

"basically $211,761"

If it's that easy, sign me up.

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Posted by Henry Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 13, 2018 at 10:11 pm

Chip was a great liaison to the Transportation Commission back in the day. He has always been a top notch employee growing with each new opportunity. I hope some day he will come back to Menlo Park as our City Manager.

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Posted by G.B. Association
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 17, 2018 at 11:01 am

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