Redwood City's manager to retire

Whoever replaces retiring City Manager Ed Everett this fall will have big shoes to fill — and not just because Everett is roughly six and a half feet tall.

Everett is retiring after more than 15 years in City Hall’s top post. Tonight, the City Council will formally begin sketching out the characteristics of the candidate they hope will lead the city after Everett steps down Sept. 21.

Someone with experience in community-building, who can work well with the City Council, city staff and the public, who can motivate workers and work toward a common vision of the city would be ideal, according to Councilman Jim Hartnett.

“Someone who is fiscally responsible, yet creative on the financial side,”is also important, Hartnett added.

Redwood City has hired Heather Renschler with recruiting firm Ralph Anderson & Associates to guide the hiring process. Once the City Council chimes in, the recruitment rush begins. Candidates would be interviewed by late August or early September, and a new leader could be hired by October, said Robert Bell, Redwood City director of human resources.

Redwood City has not yet named a salary range for the position. Everett is the city’s highest-paid employee at $18,020 per month, according to Bell.

Meanwhile, Everett plans to keep busy in retirement. “I have way too much energy, but I don’t know what [my work is] going to look like,” Everett said.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

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