Vallejo casts net for Pacifica’s manager

PACIFICA — A North Bay city may be trying to lure away the city manager that Pacifica officials have credited with helping turn around the city’s finances.

Mayor Sue Digre said that City Manager Joe Tanner has been approached by the City of Vallejo as a candidate to fill its city manager position.

Tanner, who did not return calls, has served Pacifica since 2003 when he replaced David Carmany, whom the City Council asked to leave after a turbulent tenure.

John Thompson is the interim city manager for Vallejo, having taken over for the ousted Roger Kemp in January, Vallejo spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.

Thompson is on a month-to-month contract, and the Vallejo City Council interviewed three candidates two weeks ago, Mazzaferro said.

The revelation of Tanner’s possible departure came a day after voters defeated Measure L, a request to build up to 355 residential units on the Rockaway Quarry site by property owner R. Don Peebles. The city now expects to turn its attention toward other issues, such as the widening of Highway 1 near the quarry and a potential new city hall.

Digre said Tanner told her he was really happy working for Pacifica, but if an “irresistible offer” came along he’d consider it.

The full-time contract for Vallejo’s last city manager was nearly $1 million over four years — slightly less than $250,000 per year. Vallejo has a population nearly three times Pacifica’s, with approximately 120,000 citizens.

Looking to improve the city’s finances during the tough economic times of the first half of this decade, Pacifica conducted a search for someone “strong in finance,” Digre said, and they hired Tanner.

Tanner was formerly the city manager in Pleasant Hill.

“Whatever his decision is, I wish him great luck,” said Council Member Jim Vreeland.

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