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New management in Atherton's town hall

 

Anthony Suber is settling into his new role as Atherton's deputy city manager and city clerk.

Suber, 39, began the role on May 30, taking over for Theresa DellaSanta, who left the post to take on a new role as the city of Menlo Park's human resources manager on May 20.

He's working out of a new office in a trailer in Holbrook-Palmer Park, where the town relocated its offices while it works on its new civic center.

This project, which is set for completion in 2021, is at the top of the town's agenda, Suber said. The town is in the process of setting up a camera at the construction site so people can see real-time footage of the work, he said.

Suber, a San Mateo resident, most recently served as assistant city clerk for the city of Manteca. Before that Suber was a supervisor with the San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office, where he helped coordinate the all-mail ballot election in 2015, the 2016 presidential election and the conversion to countywide vote centers. He also supervised the design and production of the official ballot, as well as precinct evaluation and analysis.

He said the Atherton community has been welcoming and although the town is run with a lean staff, his colleagues are "top notch." The town is unique in that it provides full updates on events, council meetings and construction activity frequently to the public, he said.

"This type of information sharing and effort to be transparent with decision making helps to build community trust and establishes the partnership that exists between the members of the community and the people committed to serving that community," he said.

Suber said public service is rooted in his family and that he enjoys making an impact.

"I'm not working in public service because I think I'm going to end up with $1 million," he said.

Suber is working on several projects, including installing high-speed fiber optic cables in the park and helping Finance Director Robert Barron III update the town's OpenGov platform, he said. The town is in the beginning stages of mapping out access routes to install fiber in Holbrook-Palmer Park's main house and the pavilion, Suber said. Town meetings will take place in the pavilion while the civic center is under construction, and adding fiber will improve the quality of those meetings, he said.

Suber is also evaluating trusted systems for storing town records electronically. This will help with providing records requests, which can be a "significant undertaking" when records are only on paper, he said. An e-record management system would also help with town liabilities since it's much easier to track legal requirements to destroy certain documents (such as agreements, which can expire and must be destroyed after a certain amount of time), he said. He noted that items like council agendas don't expire and always remain available to the public. This project will take about two years, he said.

Suber is from Mountain View originally and graduated from Los Altos High School before earning bachelor's degrees in political science and speech communication and rhetoric studies from Hofstra University in New York.

He returned to California in 2015 after spending over 10 years in New York, where he worked in government services administration and consulting with MAXIMUS and America Works.

Suber earns $135,243 annually in his new role.

He can be reached at asuber@ci.atherton.ca.us and 650-752-0529.

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