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Meet the new city manager

Original post made on Jul 15, 2008

Earlier this year, the City of Palo Alto and its seventh city manager, Jim Keene, were looking for each another. Keene, a 57-year-old runner with decades of local government management experience, was searching for a "vibrant university town in northern California" to cap his career.

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Posted by Carroll Harrington
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I had the opportunity to be at Jim Keene's first public meeting and also to chat with him a bit afterwards. I am looking forward to working with him on business, sustainability and technology issues, all of which involve civic engagement. Accolades to the Palo Alto City
Council for choosing the right man in the right place at the right time!
Carroll Harrington

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Posted by Sonny
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Seems like the right guy for the job.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I hope he's got thick skin!!!

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Posted by BMR Housing & A bike
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Due to his past short performances, he may not last long here.

On an earlier thread, someone had a good idea and suggested giving him BMR housing and a bike for the first 5 years.

If he lasts longer, then we can consider the transportation allowance and a subsidized home.

This will give him some incentive to stay, and reduce our risk of loss.

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Posted by curious
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 15, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Presumably, we want our city manager to live in Palo Alto to ensure s/he experiences the life of the residents. Doesn't it defeat the purpose if s/he doesn't feel the cost of housing (and hence taxes, fees, charges, rates, etc., and the expectations of service associated with same)?

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I hope he can fill the shoes.
However, Why do we always hire outside of Palo Alto and then pay for a house and huge pay raise for this job.
Are you telling me we have NO local talent to fill this job?..BS.
With all of the pay raises and utility increases this is starting to hurt our residents.
Stop paying for this stupid atrwork, get real and stop sending me overstuffed utility bills with info I dont care to see. Especially those huse glossy exposes about how they are doing such a great job. STOP WASTING OUR MONEY!!!
What is this going to cost us,, Please, tell me..Gus.

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Posted by GMH
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:42 am

I agree with Gus' comments!

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:45 am

Gus L. Locals are too close. They know how screwed up the City of Palo Alto is.
They know half the Cities leaders and heads of departments would not be able to do there jobs.
It is too far gone for any real City managers.
The City Council is worthless and useless.

Would you take the job. Did not think so.

You would think that working for so many years as a City Manager he could buy his own home.

White Collar Welfare. Alive and doing very well in The City of Palo Alto.

The City must have a Mllioniares Welfare Program? Bet you did not know that.

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