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Rohnert Park hires from within for city manager post

Rohnert Park is poised to hire a new city manager Tuesday at its City Council meeting. Darrin Jenkins has been serving as Interim City Manager since Nov. 6 and city officials announced on Monday that he was their choice for the permanent hire.

Jenkins had been assistant city manager before assuming the interim top spot. He has been filling in since Gabe Gonzalez, the city's top executive for just over three years, left Nov. 6 for a job in Kansas.

No search was made for Gonzalez's replacement, Mayor Pam Stafford said. "I think we felt like we had the right candidate right here," said Stafford. "He's been with the city for 10 years, served in so many capacities and understands everything that's going on and what we're trying to do with the budget, economic development and fiscal viability."

Jenkins also has been the city's engineer, public works director and development services director.The council will consider Jenkins hiring and his proposed $189,000 salary package tonight at 6 p.m.

Gonzalez, who the council credited with restoring the city's fiscal health, was being paid $165,000. Stafford said the salary hike was partly because Jenkins had made a "huge concession" by giving up lifetime retiree medical benefits, a potential savings of more than $200,000 in future premiums.

"For him to give that up is a huge benefit to the city," she said. She and councilman Joe Callinan negotiated the contract proposal.

You can reach Staff Writer Jeremy Hay at 521-5212 or jeremy.hay@pressdemocrat.com.


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