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Santa Rosa council welcomes new city manager

  • New Santa Rosa city manager Sean McGlynn is welcomed by the city council during their meeting in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa’s new city manager received a standing ovation and a warm welcome from the City Council on Tuesday.

On a 6-0 vote, the council approved the employment contract for Sean McGlynn, a deputy city manager from El Paso, Texas.

In a brief statement, McGlynn said he was “humbled and honored” by the opportunity to lead Santa Rosa and looked forward to working with city staff to deliver services to the community.

“My family is excited to get here, and I’m ready to get to work,” McGlynn said.

McGlynn starts September 13 and replaces Kathy Millison, who is retiring. McGlynn is married to actress Kathryn Smith-McGlynn, and they have a 6-year-old son named Aidan.

McGlynn has worked in El Paso since 2008, when he became head of the city’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. He rose to the rank of deputy city manager in October, overseeing a range of departments including aviation, planning and economic development.

McGlynn will receive an annual salary of $214,740 with a 2.5 percent annual cost-of-living increase, or $5,368. He will also receive deferred compensation of $5,368 per year, an automobile expense of $5,400 per year, and up to $20,000 in moving expenses.

He will also accrue five weeks of paid vacation, two and a half weeks of sick time, and two weeks of administrative leave per year, some of which can be cashed out annually.

A total annual compensation figure that included all benefits was not immediately available, but based on the contract terms it appeared to be in the range of $308,000.

McGlynn will pay more toward his pension than his predecessor, 9.5 percent of salary, and his pension will be on the less generous formula known as 2-at-62, where employees, after they reach age 62, receive 2 percent of their salary for every year worked.

Council members wished McGlynn good luck and predicted he would soon be very busy. “We wanted to make sure we did it right, and I think we did,” Mayor Scott Bartley said. “Welcome.”


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