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LEADING THE WAY ... Citing their leadership during the pandemic, Palo Alto stripped the "interim" tag from Gayathri Kanth and Darren Numoto and appointed them directors of the city's Library and Information Technology departments, respectively. The City Council unanimously affirmed the appointments of Kanth and Numoto on Monday night. The decision by City Manager Ed Shikada to appoint two current leaders to the top positions in their departments followed a recruitment period that occurred before the health crisis. The city held off on making the appointments because of a hiring freeze related to the city's budget challenges. Both Kanth and Numoto have been serving as department heads on an interim basis for well over a year, with Kanth taking on the role in October 2019 and Numoto filling his in December 2018. In announcing the appointments, Shikada cited their "outstanding leadership throughout the pandemic" and noted that they had shown "great ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances while supporting the workforce and community." Kanth and Numoto will have salaries of $214,000 and $210,000, respectively. "My short-term goal as Director is to continue the phased reopening of all the five libraries," Kanth said. "My long-term goal is to work with the leadership team to continue providing seamless services while navigating the pandemic." Numoto said in a statement that he is "excited to partner with departments to solve problems and provide innovative services to our community and businesses."

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