Thursday May 06 2010
City council selects Ray Kerridge as new city manager
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
The 4-1 vote concludes a six-month search that attracted 63 applicants
Roseville has a new city manager and his name may sound familiar: Ray Kerridge. “The characteristics we were looking for was someone with vision, someone with leadership, someone with good customer service skills who could get us to our next step in our future,” said Mayor Gina Garbolino Thursday. “Mr. Kerridge’s characteristics fit perfectly into what we wanted for a new city manager.” The Roseville City Council voted 4 to 1 to appoint Kerridge to the position after closed session Thursday morning. Mayor Pro Tempore Pauline Roccucci cast the dissenting vote. “I’m going to give 150 percent of my time, creativity and commitment to this (position),” Kerridge said. Kerridge previously worked as city manager for Sacramento, until announcing his resignation in February. His exit came after a permit scandal in the city’s Community Development Department last fall when the son of Sacramento City Councilman Robbie Waters signed off on permits to build 35 homes in the north Natomas flood zone despite a construction moratorium. Kerridge worked for 25 years in Portland with the Bureau of Development Services. He was hired by the City of Sacramento as assistant city manager in 2004, and was appointed city manager in 2006. After resigning in February, he accepted a position in the private sector. Kerridge made $215,000 annually as Sacramento city’s manager. The terms of his Roseville contract, including compensation and start date, are under negotiation and will likely be brought to the city council at its next regularly scheduled public meeting on Wednesday, May 19. The hire concludes a six-month nationwide search that attracted 63 applicants. The city council began interviewing the top 13 candidates for Roseville’s top administrator in March. “It’s been a long process,” Garbolino said. “We did community and employee outreach. It was very extensive.” Garbolino previously told the Press Tribune that the council sought a candidate who demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and the experience and knowledge to lead a big, complex organization. As the city’s top executive, Kerridge will oversee the administration of the city’s government, which includes the budget, day-to-day departmental operations and future development plans. The city manager carries out the policies and directives of the city council and mayor. The hunt for a new city manager followed the dismissal of former City Manager Craig Robinson in November of 2009. Last October, the city council placed Robinson on paid administrative leave before voting unanimously for his resignation in November. Robinson had served as city manager since 2003. In a separate vote, council voted 4-1 to spread out Robinson’s severance package over the course of a year, rather than pay him a lump sum. His contract called for an additional 12 months of pay and benefits, which brought his severance to $390,136. As city manager, Robinson earned an annual salary of $273,000. Mike Shellito has served as interim city manager since the departure of Robinson. “(He) has done a phenomenal job,” Garbolino said. Sena Christian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.