Making a manager

Residents asked what qualities they want in city's new CEO

This Saturday morning the City Council will be asking residents what they would like in a new city manager, who will replace Kevin Duggan when he retires April 2 after 20 years on the job.

"It is the most important position the council is responsible for, so we've got to do it right," Vice Mayor Mike Kasperzak said in December. "If you've got the best, it's hard to find a replacement."

The meeting will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, March 5, in the City Council chambers at 500 Castro St. Those who cannot attend the meeting can e-mail their comments to by April 15.

At a similar meeting last month, city employees said Duggan exemplifies what they would like in a new city manager, praising his ability to direct the implementation of the City Council's goals and policies with a strategic and thoughtful approach. Some praised his ability to keep the city in better fiscal shape than most while union representatives praised him for always being willing to communicate. Some also said they wanted the new city manager to be a resident of Mountain View, like Duggan, who has developed a good connection with the community.

Melissa Stevenson Dile, the assistant city manager has been appointed to take the helm until a new city manager is found. City officials expect to select a new city manager by June who will begin work later in the summer. The city will be taking applications for the job until March 28.

The council has budgeted $23,000 for the recruitment process, hiring Bob Murray and Associates to do the work.

See also: End of an era: Duggan stepping down after 20 years


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Posted by Antonio
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

I want a city manager who is putting MV residents before city employees
and introduce some level of accountability of city employees for the work they perform.
Introducing notions such a pay for performance and customer satisfaction metrics and of course cost control would be extremely helpful

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Posted by Political Insider
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

This is a mere formality, to provide the council cover so they can rehire Duggan. Most of the staff want Duggan to return and provide enough time so that they can hire the current asst manager. She is not applying and needs more time in the city before the council will appoint her as the permanent city manager.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

So it sounds like Duggan will retire and then be declared "irreplaceable" and on April 3rd be back double-dipping. April 2nd is just around the corner and the City is dragging it's feet. Who wants to bet me Duggan will not be double-dipping the day after retirement just like the last two high paid administrators did last year. Afterall, he and they are the ones that wrote the rules allowing for this trick.

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