Palo Alto Assistant City Manager Pamela Antil will step down from her post later this month to take a similar job in San Jose.
She told the Weekly she will start her new job for the City of San Jose on May 5 and said she is "really excited about the opportunity."
"Palo Alto is still near and dear to my heart," Antil said. "It's just a really great opportunity."
Antil joined Palo Alto in 2010, having previously served as assistant city manager in Novi, Mich.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. As City Manager James Keene's second in command, she has been at the forefront of various complex initiatives in Palo Alto, including the restructuring of the city's Development Center, labor negotiations with public-safety employees and structural changes in the Fire Department. She has also filled in for Keene at numerous council meetings.
According to a statement from San Jose, Antil will provide "day-to-day operational oversight of all city services and departments" and "guide and coordinate the work of deputy city managers and department directors to achieve quality service delivery and citywide organizational and policy goals." She will also serve as the highest-level deputy to City Manager Ed Shikada. In a statement, Shikada praised the city's selection of Antil for the position.
"Pam has outstanding experience and a national reputation as a leader in city management, and she will add genuine strength and strategic perspective to our team," Shikada said. "We have deep challenges and unique opportunities, and Pam will provide solid knowledge, skills, and creativity to help us move our organization forward."
Antil is the second high-level Palo Alto official to depart from City Hall this month. Last week, Assistant Planning Director Aaron Aknin said he plans to step down from his position to serve as director of the Community Services Department in Redwood City.