Jeremy Dennis, a former district director for Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and more recently an advance planning manager for the city of Palo Alto, is set to become the new town manager in Portola Valley.
Mayor Maryann Derwin made the announcement after the council met in closed session on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Dennis has "character, vision and deep experience," Derwin said in a statement. "I know that our town founders would approve."
His first day on the job is set for March 7.
Dennis' base salary will be $190,000 a year, according to a contract provided by Town Attorney Leigh Prince. His compensation package includes health and retirement benefits along with yearly allowances of $3,000 for transportation and $5,000 for professional training.
Dennis, a resident of Redwood City, has a bachelor's degree in political science and U.S. history from the University of California at Davis, and a master's degree (in 2002) in regional and urban planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, according to his online biography.
He has spent the past several months leading Palo Alto's effort to update its Comprehensive Plan.
Debbie Pedro, the town's planning director, has been filling in as interim town manager since August 2015 and the departure of former town manager Nick Pegueros.
Unlike the contract with Pegueros, Dennis' contract does not make distinctions between voluntary and involuntary resignations, nor does it include a clause on "communications upon manager's separation."
That clause had the effect of silencing the council and Town Hall staff about the details surrounding Pegueros' "involuntary resignation" in August 2015 after a little more than three years as town manager.