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City manager to leave Davis in April

By From page A1 | February 14, 2014


Steve Pinkerton. Courtesy photo

Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton is going to Lake Tahoe, and it’s no weekend jaunt.

He’ll be staying put at Incline Village as the general manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District, which handles trash, water, sewer and recreation.

Pinkerton will be paid an annual base salary of $175,000 under a contract finalized Wednesday, according to the district. His base salary with Davis is $188,000.

According to a statement from Pinkerton’s office, he will be on the job at Davis City Hall until Friday, April 25.

In the meantime, the City Council will convene in closed session to consider its options for both an interim city boss and a search for a permanent one.

Pinkerton did not respond to calls for comment Thursday.

Pinkerton was hired as Davis’ city manager in August 2011. Prior to that, he served as city manager for three years in Manteca, a city similar in size to Davis, and before that led revitalization efforts in the city of Stockton for 13 years as the head of the redevelopment agency. He also held managerial positions in Redondo Beach and Long Beach.

Mayor Joe Krovoza said Pinkerton worked hard on city issues.

“Steve never said we had too much on our plate,” Krovoza said. “… He’s been tremendously productive as city manager.”

While not every City Council member voted with Pinkerton’s major recommendations, Krovoza emphasized that the city manager always had a majority of the council’s support for each issue.

In a statement circulated by the city, John Meyer, UC Davis associate vice chancellor of resource management and planning, said Pinkerton was committed to “nurturing the seeds of partnership” with the university. Meyer is himself a former Davis city manager.

Elaine Roberts Musser, who chairs the Davis Senior Citizens Commission and chaired the Water Advisory Committee, said Pinkerton was an outstanding city manager, “leading the city toward a more fiscally sustainable path.”

In December, district trustees in Incline Village narrowed their search to Pinkerton and one other candidate, and in late January he was chosen by a 4-1 vote to enter into contract negotiations with the district.

Pinkerton secured a $175,000 base salary contract with a unanimous vote of the trustees.

In the past, Pinkerton has said he was not looking for work when the Incline Village job came along. He also said Lake Tahoe was someplace his family had always wanted to live.

Pinkerton has overseen several major changes in city policy and government initiatives. Some of the most controversial were contract negotiations with public sector unions that in two cases saw the imposition of terms by the City Council, and helping put forward the $228 million Woodland-Davis surface water project to a successful approval by Davis voters.

The Cannery residential development, the planned $100 million sewage treatment upgrade and smaller projects currently in motion like the East Covell Corridor street safety improvements also have been under his watch.

— Reach Dave Ryan at [email protected] or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @davewritesnews

Dave Ryan

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