By JEREMY HAY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Rohnert Park’s interim assistant city manager will stay through April to focus on economic development and other issues.
John Dunn, whose salary caused a stir when he was hired in May as interim city manager, said City Manager Gabe Gonzalez has asked him to stay the full length of his six to 12 month consulting contract.
A veteran city administrator who came out of retirement to join Rohnert Park, Dunn said he will concentrate on the city’s fledgling economic development efforts, educating residents about the need to raise sewer fees and developing a labor relations strategy to get those costs under control.
“Those three things are important components of our long-term plan to correct the ship, to restore stability,” Gonzalez said Tuesday.
Last month, Dunn helped launch a low-interest loan program that allows businesses hoping to open or expand to pay their sewer fees over several years. He also has led a citizens group to review sewer rates.
His salary remains the same: $15,900 a month plus a $2,000 monthly housing and car benefit, or about $4,000 a month more than Gonzalez gets. Dunn held the top administrator’s spot for two months until Gonzalez came aboard and he stayed to assist the transition.
“He’s going to bring us so much more money than what he costs us,” Mayor Pam Stafford said. “It’s absolutely vital to have him doing what he’s doing.”