On Feb. 12, City of Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton announced that he would be leaving his post to accept a position as the general manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District. Pinkerton has held the position of city manager of the City of Davis since 2011.
Pinkerton’s last day will be April 25, according to a press release from the City of Davis. City Council will begin the search for a replacement as well as an interim city manager to fill the position from the end of April until a permanent replacement is appointed.
According to City Council member Dan Wolk, the appointment of both the interim city manager and the new city manager will be done by the City Council. The City Council plans to employ Ralph Anderson and Associates, the recruitment firm that was used in the employment of Pinkerton. However, no contract has been proposed yet.
Wolk said that it is the City Council’s preference to engage an interim city manager that is not a current employee of the City of Davis.
“The hiring of the city manager is arguably the most important decision a City Council has to make,” Wolk said.
When it comes to the criteria the council is looking for, Wolk said that it is essential that whomever they pick must be knowledgeable, work well with the council, city employees and community and they have to have a clear vision for the city.
According to a statement released by the City of Davis, the recruitment for a new city manager will begin as soon as possible. However, the final decision will not be made until after the June 2014 elections. This means the current City Council will not be making the final decision.
“We have a lot of these challenges that we are faced with as a community, certainly Steve’s leaving makes it even more challenging, but of course whoever comes in will be capable of handling those challenges. I have no doubt that we will find someone good,” Wolk said.
In working with the City Council, Pinkerton has navigated budgetary shortfalls as well as implemented projects for economic development in the City of Davis.
“I have enjoyed living and working in the dynamic environment of the Davis community over the past two and a half years. Despite unrelenting budget challenges, I believe we have made significant inroads toward ensuring that residents can continue to enjoy a high quality of life. I know the City Council and city staff will continue to build on these efforts of the past few years,” Pinkerton said.
— Sydney Cohen