By KEVIN MCCALLUM
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Santa Rosa has hired an official from Orange County to be its new assistant city manager.
City Manager Kathy Millison announced that she had selected Jennifer Phillips to fill the the job created after deputy city manager Greg Scoles left last year to become city manager of Belmont.
Phillips currently is a special projects manager in Orange County leading an initiative to provide child care services to county employees, Millison said in a release. She has held that position for four months.
Millison called Phillips a “forward leading individual” who will bring “a spirit of enthusiasm to the executive team that I believe will prove contagious and serve to inspire others.”
Phillips’ salary will be $159,600, according to Human Resources Director Fran Elm, who said the contract had yet to be signed. Additional terms include 31 hours of unpaid furlough, three weeks of vacation, two weeks of administrative leave and $8,000 in moving expenses, Elm said.
The salary range for the job is $135,360 to $169,320 per year, about 12 percent lower than the deputy city manager post, which is being eliminated.
Prior to her position in Orange County, Phillips was the assistant city manager for Santa Monica. She abruptly resigned that post after 18 months in July of 2011, according to press accounts. Prior to that, she oversaw Orange County’s animal shelter for four years.
Millison said Phillips was hired by a city manager in Santa Monica who then retired, and the new city manager “started making changes.”
“She’s been sort of in transition for a while,” Millison said.
Pat Thompson, retired Napa city manager, had been in the post on an interim basis since October.