James Keene, a former city manager of both Berkeley and Tucson, will be Palo Alto's seventh city manager, Mayor Larry Klein announced Thursday morning.
The decision was unanimous, Klein said.
Keene has most recently worked with the International City/County Management Association.
He will be paid $240,000 and intends to move to Palo Alto from the Berkeley area.
Klein said Keene embraces the city's goals of environmental sustainability, technological leadership, civic engagement and fiscal responsibility.
Keene said he receives many calls about city manager jobs that he turns down.
But Palo Alto is different, he said.
He said he was convinced after talking with longtime friend and current City Manager Frank Benest and after meeting the City Council.
As a teenager, Keene lived in Princeton, N.J. and said he loves college towns.
He enjoys running.
Keene will begin Sept. 2, Klein said.
The City Council reached a decision about the manager and his salary/benefits package at a one-hour closed session Tuesday night.
The council has shielded the candidates' identities to protect their privacy and current jobs.
Benest is retiring this summer after eight years with the city.
Council members John Barton and Jack Morton were absent for sessions about the city manager Monday and Tuesday evenings.
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