Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 20, 2012

Menlo Park hires new city manager

Alex McIntyre is among first new hires under new pension structure

by Sandy Brundage

Alex McIntyre will replace Glen Rojas as city manager of Menlo Park, the city announced Wednesday (Jan. 18). He starts March 5.

The council selected McIntyre from a pool of 50 applicants, following a call for Menlo Park residents to complete an online survey indicating what skills, experience and attributes the successful applicant should have.

In the city's statement, Mayor Kirsten Keith described McIntyre as "a proven leader who brings with him excellent qualifications for this position" and praised his "creativity and sound fiscal management."

McIntyre is one of the first new hires to fall under the city's revised "2 percent at 60" pension structure.

He will receive an annual salary of $199,000, plus a monthly $320 car allowance, along with insurance benefits, according to a statement issued by the city. As with Rojas, the city will loan McIntyre money for buying a home in Menlo Park — $1.35 million with interest at 3.5 percent.

City Attorney Bill McClure said the new city manager will also receive $9,500 per year in contributions to a 401-A retirement plan because of the new pension structure and to compensate for similar benefits at his current position as city manager of Lake Oswego, Ore.

Having previously served as town administrator in Portola Valley from 1997 to 2000, McIntyre, 50, has some local roots. He also worked for the town of Tiburon and Marin County in administrative capacities.

According to the Portland Tribune, McIntyre was hired in 2008 to manage the town of approximately 36,000 for $157,000 a year.

His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Irvine and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

McIntyre said in a press release that he is excited about the work ahead.

"Working thoughtfully, hand-in-hand with the City Council, staff and the community, the City of Menlo Park can bring about the positive results and quality that the community is looking for. I can help in that effort and I am proud to be part of the team."

Rojas retired in July 2011, then worked through December as a contractor, while earning approximately $220,428 annually.

Almanac Staff Writer Sandy Brundage can be emailed at sbrundage@almanacnews.com. The Almanac is the Weekly's sister newspaper.

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