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News - October 22, 2010

Palo Alto to pay, honor 'retired' public works head

City's settlement agreement with Glenn Roberts calls for $130,655 in severance; official retirement 'proclamation'

by Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto Public Works Director Glenn Roberts will receive $130,655 and a special City Council proclamation in exchange for an immediate retirement and a promise not to sue the city.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by Next?, a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

This is Jimn Keene's continued house cleaning, pure and simple. Nearly all the top administrators Frank Benest had on board are now gone. Some forced over board, some having jumped just in time before being forced to walk the plank. Human Resources Director Russ Carlsen should be looking over his shoulder nervously and keeping well clear of the ship's railing about now.


Posted by George S., a resident of Midtown
on Oct 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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Posted by who cares, a resident of Triple El
on Oct 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Probably the biggest problem is that Keene will still be the city manager. Here's an city employee that gets $270,000 a year + a $2,000,000 home loan paid for by city taxpayers + a remodel of his city house paid for by city taxpayers + payment of county property taxes by city taxpayers on his city house + car allotment paid for by city taxpayers .... and the list goes on. Here is a manager who looks at every task as "the glass is half empty". I thought Benest had the city council buffaloed, but Keene definately raises the bar. So the city council is willing to bury it's secrets by paying Roberts $131,000 with a "no speak, don't tell" clause in his retirement payout, not to mention bonus money for administrative leave until the end of the year. Too bad Roberts sold out so cheaply. We are entering a period where management employees will be required to be "YES" men for the city manager or forfeit their "at will" employment. City council, under the direction of the city manager, are leading the city to new lows.


Posted by CHinCider, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

To "George S"

You have the audacity to talk about transparency when you hide behind a screen name while casting false aspersions without any backup or documentation? A "cloud 18 years ago"? What proof do you have of such an allegation?

The records show Roberts came to Palo Alto after a 22 year career in San Jose, leaving there as the Assistant Director to take a promotion as the Director in Palo Alto. How is that a cloud?

Sounds more like fog in your brain. Absent any back up for your weak assertions you are just being intentionally inflamatory. As the saying goes - "put up or shut up"!


Posted by Downtown And Around, a resident of Professorville
on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm

"We are entering a period where management employees will be required to be "YES" men for the city manager or forfeit their "at will" employment. City council, under the direction of the city manager, are leading the city to new lows."

Then Palo Alto voters should consider giving the city council das boot. After all, they work for us. If we are not minding the store, then we have only ourselves to blame.


Posted by gossamerthread, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

gossamerthread is a registered user.

It's interesting to see how upset residents are with the salaries, bonuses and golden parachutes of management. Will anything constructive result from this justified anger? What can we do? Oh, right, I forgot. Our feelings can be expressed on Election Day by transferring our outrage to Palo Alto's unions.


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