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News - January 25, 2012

New city manager for Menlo Park

by Sandy Brundage

Alex McIntyre, the city manager in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and a former town administrator in Portola Valley, will replace Glen Rojas as city manager of Menlo Park, the city announced Jan. 18. He starts March 5.

Mr. McIntye is one of the first new hires to fall under the city's revised "2 percent at 60" pension structure.

His proposed three-year contract awards an annual salary of $199,000, plus a monthly $320 car allowance, along with insurance benefits, according to a statement issued by the city. As with his predecessor, the city will loan money to Mr. McIntyre if he buys a home in Menlo Park — $1.35 million with interest at 3.5 percent. To ease the pain of relocation expenses he'll be paid $2,500 a month for nine months.

City Attorney Bill McClure said the new city manager will also receive $9,500 per year in contributions to a 401-A retirement plan because of the new pension structure and to compensate for similar benefits at his current position in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Staff calculated the total of Mr. McIntyre's annual benefits and salary at $256,400 — $40,770 less than Mr. Rojas's.

One pension reform leader, Ned Moritz, said that the 401-A retirement plan is a form of defined contribution that reform advocates would like to see the entire pension system use, as the city is no longer on the hook for further payments once the employee retires.

Should Menlo Park decide Mr. McIntyre's not working out, the city owes him 30 days notice and six months severance pay, under the new contract. They also can't fire him until at least three months after any general or council election.

Having previously served as town administrator in Portola Valley from 1997 to 2000, Mr. McIntyre, 50, has some local roots. He also worked for the town of Tiburon and Marin County in administrative capacities.

He will leave a position as city manager of Lake Oswego to take the job in Menlo Park. According to the Portland Tribune, Mr. McIntyre was hired in 2008 to manage the town of approximately 36,000 for $157,000 a year.

His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Irvine and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Mr. McIntyre said in a press release that he is excited and up for the work ahead.

"Working thoughtfully, hand-in-hand with the City Council, staff and the community, the City of Menlo Park can bring about the positive results and quality that the community is looking for. I can help in that effort and I am proud to be part of the team."

The council is scheduled to vote on the new city manager's contract during its Jan. 24 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

In the city's statement, Mayor Kirsten Keith described Mr. McIntyre as "a proven leader who brings with him excellent qualifications for this position" and praised his "creativity and sound fiscal management."

Former city manager Glen Rojas retired in July, then worked through December as a contractor, while earning approximately $220,428 annually.


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