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Special Message from the Mayor

Special Message from the Mayor

The City Council has heard from several members of the community who have speculated about a possible increase in salary for retiring City Manager Jim Keene, and I wanted to provide an update. As is customary, the City Council met in closed session on Dec. 4 to discuss the evaluation and potential salary adjustment for Jim, as it does for all Council Appointed Officers. As you may be aware, Jim will be retiring at the end of the year as City Manager after more than 10 years of service to Palo Alto.

During the conversation with Jim, and before the Council had deliberated on his evaluation, Jim let the Council know that he would voluntarily refuse to accept any salary increase were it to be offered. He felt that speculation about a salary raise at this point in time would distract from concluding his tenure with the city. He is more focused on highlighting the contributions of colleagues, Council and the community as he finishes his time in Palo Alto. The Council is appreciative of Jim’s leadership and dedication to our community, and we look forward to the opportunity to thank him publicly over the next few weeks as his career with Palo Alto comes to a close and he begins the next chapter

Last Updated: December 6, 2018