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News - February 27, 2019

Jerome-Robinson named new Menlo Park city manager

by Kate Bradshaw

The Menlo Park City Council wants to appoint Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson to the position permanently and planned to make the appointment official at its Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting, held after The Almanac went to press. Go to almanacnews.com for the latest news.

The council extended the offer to take the top leadership position in City Hall to Jerome-Robinson following its closed session meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. If appointed as expected, she would be hired under a two-year contract that would include a base salary of $245,000, plus a vehicle allowance and other benefits such as medical insurance. After two years, the contract could be extended an additional year or on a month-to-month basis. Her official start date would be March 31.

"I'm honored to have been selected by the City Council to become Menlo Park's next city manager," said Jerome-Robinson in the announcement. "I am excited for the opportunity to lead this organization comprised of very talented and hardworking employees who are committed to making Menlo Park a great place to live, work and play."

Jerome-Robinson took the helm as interim city manager in late October last year after former City Manager Alex McIntyre announced he planned to leave his role in Menlo Park for the same position in the city of Ventura.

In the announcement, Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller said that he and other council members were impressed with Jerome-Robinson's "interaction with the city's executive team, professional staff and the public."

"We realized we already had in place a high caliber candidate who embodied all the values and skills we were seeking in our city manager," he continued.

He said part of the decision has to do with the city's current complex workload, which includes processing Facebook's Willow Village development proposal, as well as other development proposals in the city's eastern area that was recently up-zoned. The city is also deep into the process of developing a transportation master plan.

"Rather than risk disruption and waste valuable resources and time in a prolonged executive search, we chose to seize the opportunity to hire Ms. Jerome-Robinson," Mueller said in the announcement.

Jerome-Robinson previously worked as assistant city manager for Menlo Park from 2008 to 2015, and was assistant city manager in Los Altos before that, between 1999 and 2008. She also has worked as finance director for the town of Atherton and the city of Milpitas.

She is also a longtime Menlo Park resident, having lived in the city since 1982.

According to Mueller, the salary package she agreed to is at the market rate and is "frankly slightly less than that paid by cities of comparable size in San Mateo County, including Belmont, Burlingame, Foster City and San Carlos."

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