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Sebastopol council appoints McLaughlin permanent city manager


Larry McLaughlin, Sebastopol’s long-serving city attorney, was named city manager Tuesday.

McLaughlin has been serving as interim city manager since May, when Jack Griffin left the post to take over the job as top administrator in San Marcos.

“He knows a lot about how the city works; he has been here a long time; he knows city staff; he is easy to work with and to talk to,” said Mayor Michael Kyes. “He is competent and he is frugal.”

Kyes said McLaughlin was chosen during a closed session on Tuesday and was an unanimous choice of the City Council.

“The whole council is happy with how he is working out as interim city manager,” Kyes said.

McLaughlin will continue serving as city attorney, a post he has held for 25 years.

He was receiving a salary of $110,000 a year. A new salary and benefits package will be worked out, Kyes said.

Griffin, who was hired as City Manager in 2009, had been paid $140,000 a year.

The City Council decided to appoint McLaughlin to the post rather than conduct an outside search, which could be expensive and time-consuming, Kyes said.

“Certainly some people were expecting us to go in a more conventional route of advertising for a city manager and trying to recruit one, but that is a pretty expensive process and you never know what you get for sure,” Kyes said. “I don’t believe we could have gotten any better.”

You can reach Staff Writer Bob Norberg at 521-5206 or bob.norberg@pressdemocrat.com.

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