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News - March 4, 2011

Building the best city manager

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

by Daniel DeBolt

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]

E-mail Daniel DeBolt at


Posted by JR, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Why not consider saving the budgeted $23,000 for the recruitment process. Instead of paying a headhunter why not put the position out for bid at professional management firms. I guess in industry they would refer to doing this as outsourcing. Whether you like it or not it's a sign of the times and it is only a matter of time until it's done.

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