Palo Alto official named Portola Valley town manager

Jeremy Dennis to start new job March 7

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.

Contract details

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.

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9 people like this
Posted by sheri
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Well, that was a quick in-and-out. Isn't he leading the Comp Plan CAC?

14 people like this
Posted by What's happening here?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Yet another good person is leaving. What is going on in Planning & Transportation?

10 people like this
Posted by Planning/Transportation Geek
a resident of University South
on Jan 28, 2016 at 4:48 pm

What is happening in the Planning Department. Are we losing all our good people? I hope this isn't a mass exodus of the good people we have.

8 people like this
Posted by ask questions
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 28, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Ask lots of questions, there's a definitely a rug hiding way too much.

5 people like this
Posted by Seriously?
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

Rumor has it that more good people will be leaving.

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