City Council has officially confirmed former Community Development Manager Gerry Beaudin as Pleasanton’s next City Manager.
Beaudin, who worked for the City of Pleasanton from 2015 to 2019 before leaving to become deputy city manager of Alameda, will take the reins at the end of May after the council unanimously approved his employment contract during the Tuesday evening regular meeting.
“Pleasanton is a special place,” Beaudin told the Weekly after the council voted. “I am particularly excited about this opportunity as it will allow me to work with City Council, City staff and the community to ensure the Town of Pleasanton meets the needs of today and prepares for our future.”
“Beginning next month, I look forward to immersing myself in established City Council priorities, reacquainting myself with the organization, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in a long time,” said added Beaudin, who could not be present. the Pleasanton meeting because the Alameda City Council also had a meeting that night.
Pleasanton council and a consulting firm had been recruiting a new permanent city manager since longtime leader Nelson Fialho resigned on November 30 on retirement from public service after leading Pleasanton city government for 17 years. Deputy City Manager Brian Dolan has served as acting City Manager since December.
Beaudin was publicly confirmed as the board’s top candidate last week, coinciding with the release of the meeting agenda which included Beaudin’s proposed contract, which includes an annual salary of $280,000 and a start date. May 23.
“Gerry’s combination of experience and expertise in municipal governance, combined with his knowledge of Pleasanton, makes him incredibly well qualified to serve as City Manager as he works with council and the community to ensure our exceptional quality of life,” Mayor Karla Brown said in the April 14 announcement.
Councilor Kathy Narum added in her comments at Tuesday’s meeting, “I would just like to welcome Gerry Beaudin as the new City Manager, and I look forward to his leadership and especially his expertise in land use planning and planning considering our (Regional Housing Need Allowance). I think it’s a great hire for us.”
Brown and Narum served on the council’s subcommittee for city manager search and contract negotiations.
Rising to the top during the Pleasanton search process, Beaudin is already familiar with the operations of city government and local politics.
He led Pleasanton’s community development department – responsible for planning, building permits, traffic engineering and code enforcement – for almost exactly four years.
During his tenure, the Planning Commission and City Council addressed a range of notable policy projects and debates, including the Downtown Specific Plan Update, the Johnson Drive Economic Development Area, and debates Costco Associates, Workday Headquarters Expansion and the Irby Ranch neighborhood.
Since joining Alameda as Deputy City Manager – the city’s second administrative position – in August 2019, Beaudin has led various organizational initiatives, including the Alameda Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Alameda, a mobile crisis response pilot unit and a new waste management, recycling and composting franchise contract.
His other experience during his 19-year career includes working as a zoning administrator in the city of Mountain View, and before that he worked in urban planning with Los Altos, South San Francisco and his native Canada.
Council voted 5-0 to ratify Beaudin’s city manager contract as part of its consent schedule Tuesday night.
The four-page employment agreement provides that Beaudin will receive an annual salary of $280,000, as well as benefits such as the standard pension health, dental and medical insurance for other city management employees.
He will accumulate annual leave at the rate of 15 days per year, with a ceiling of 50 working days (400 hours), as well as 10 days of administrative leave per year and will benefit from five days of sick leave from his first day of employment. work.
Beaudin can choose between a car allowance of $550 per month or use a city-provided vehicle — though he is responsible for paying for his own fuel in either case — and he will be provided with a city-issued cell phone and d other hardware technologies essential to his work. The city will pay its professional dues in three organizations, the cost of attending professional conferences and an executive coach of its choice.
It will be subject to an initial six-monthly performance review by the city council, then to annual appraisals each May thereafter.
Dolan is expected to continue leading the municipal administration until Beaudin arrives on May 23. Brown has publicly praised Dolan for his leadership during his nearly five months as acting city manager.