Mod: That $180,000 salary is interesting since Elaine Aguilar, after years of exemplary and dedicated service (or at least that is what the City Council that shoved her out the door said last Tuesday evening), made a mere $157,237.04 in 2015 according to Transparent California (link). Of course, there are benefits and CalPERS to figure in as well. There is also this. If you go to the consultant's own recruiting site (link), you will see how they are trying to sell this job to potential applicants. Take a deep breath, be sure to read between the lines, and note the part where they say you are going to need a sense of humor. Be certain to note the sentence I've highlighted below in Wistaria mauve. When did the City Council ever admit to further tax increases? Like maybe never? Wasn't the UUT increase supposed to handle all of that kind of stuff?
Nicknamed the “Village of the Foothills,” the City of Sierra Madre is nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County.
It is centrally located between Pasadena and Arcadia and 13 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Sierra Madre is primarily a residential community with a small business district, encompassing 3.1 square miles, with approximately 11,000 residents.
Known for its village ambience, Sierra Madre is a hidden jewel with serene neighborhoods, scenic views, and green space. At its heart is the City’s charming downtown shopping district, a popular destination for visitors and residents. Restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and art galleries line the streets around the town center. Sierra Madre is a tightly knit community that takes deep pride in both its historical treasures and in its modern-day lifestyle.
Sierra Madre is a built-out community with only a few parcels available for new development. As a result, the population has remained relatively unchanged for the last three decades. The community has no direct freeway access and no traffic signals, but this seclusion has only enhanced the community attractiveness as a desirable housing market.
One of the key qualities that defines the City’s unique character is the diversity of the housing stock, ranging from apartments and condominiums to Victorian homes, California bungalows, traditional Craftsman, and ranch style homes. Over 40 percent of the homes are more than 50 years old, many of which are listed as historical landmarks.
Sierra Madre’s ideal climate entices residents to take advantage of the numerous recreational opportunities and programs offered by the City at its six parks, aquatics center, Community Recreation Center, Youth Activity Center, and the Hart Park House – Senior Center. The City also provides cultural and historical awareness through the Lizzie’s Trail Inn Museum, Richardson Historical House, and the Sierra Madre Public Library’s Local History Collection. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to Bailey Canyon Wilderness Area, as well as the Mount Wilson Trail, where historic trails lead hikers and runners into the expanse of the Angeles National Forest.
Sierra Madre is often thought of as an artists’ colony due to the high concentration of artists, designers, and people working in media. There are numerous galleries, art festivals, shows, as well as artwork on display at various businesses. The Sierra Madre Playhouse offers live family entertainment and has been selected “Best Live Theater” twice by voters of the Pasadena Weekly.
Sierra Madre is home to many special events, including the Summer Concert Series, the Friends of the Library Art Fair, the Fourth of July celebration, and the annual Wisteria Vine Festival, which attracts thousands each year to see the world’s largest blooming vine planted over a century ago. Named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2007, Sierra Madre is a picturesque, safe, and friendly town and easily one of the finest communities in Southern California.
To learn more about the City of Sierra Madre, please visit www.cityofsierramadre.com
Incorporated in 1907, the City of Sierra Madre is a General Law City and operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Legislative authority is vested in a five-member City Council elected at large for four-year terms. At April 2016 election, two of the incumbent Councilmembers were reelected in an unopposed race. The next election for three Council seats is in April 2018.
The Council is responsible for general City policy, as well as for the appointment of the City Manager, City Attorney, and members of the City’s five citizen commissions. It also serves as the governing body for the Successor Agency and Public Financing Authority. The Mayor is selected by the members of the City Council each April and serves as the ceremonial head of the City Council. City voters also elect a City Clerk and a City Treasurer each serving for a four-year term.
The City provides a full range of services to its citizens through 63 full-time employees. These services include: police, fire, emergency medical, street construction and maintenance, water (Sierra Madre is a retail water supplier, both producing and distributing water) and sewer utility, parks, recreational, Library, cultural and social, planning, building and safety, economic development, environmental and general administrative services.
The current City Manager will be retiring in December along with the Police Chief and Public Works Director. The timing is not indicative of any organizational turmoil but rather, the decades each has worked in public service. The City’s Assistant City Manager position is also currently vacant.
The FY 2016-2017 Budget is $24.3 million. The General Fund Budget is $10.8 million. In April 2016, voters approved the Utility User Tax Rate (UUT), which is the second largest General Fund Revenue source after property taxes. It is anticipated that due to increasing costs, deferred maintenance and necessary infrastructure improvements, additional future revenue sources will be necessary.
This opportunity is available with the upcoming retirement of Elaine Aguilar, who has served as City Manager since 2007. In discussions with the Mayor and City Council, executive team, and community members, the following profile of the ideal City Manager candidate was developed.
Serving as the CEO of the city organization, the City Manager will be a visionary leader who will establish trust and credibility within the community, set the tone and course for the organization and provide clear recommendations and counsel.
The City Manager will communicate regularly with the community, providing project updates as well as information on current and future issues and challenges. It is expected that the City Manager will serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the City and will be accessible and available to community residents. The City Manager will feel comfortable engaging with residents on a regular basis. Most importantly, the City Manager will have a respect and appreciation for the community’s unique small-town character and heritage.
The ideal candidate will bring a hands-on, team-oriented approach to the delivery of services in a highly engaged community. The City Manager will support and coach the City’s team of professionals, enhance its can-do culture and customer service mentality, and expect accountability throughout the organization. The City Manager will be prepared to roll up her/his sleeves and bring proven leadership experience as well as a solid understanding of municipal operations and budgets. In addition, experience with projects relating to technological enhancements, infrastructure improvement, deferred maintenance, and financing methods is strongly desired.
The City Manager will be accessible, having an open door and an engaged and calm demeanor as well as a sense of humor. An ability to effectively and transparently communicate with the Council, staff, and citizens is essential, as is the ability to take problems head-on and suggest innovative solutions.
The ideal candidate brings proven, hands-on supervisory and management experience in a local government setting. Familiarity with and/or knowledge of municipal finance/budgeting, infrastructure and capital improvements is desirable, but candidates with generalist experience are strongly encouraged to apply. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or a related field is required.