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Campbell Names San Francisco City Administrator Amy Brown New City Manager

City Council met this morning in a closed session to select the new city manager.

After an extensive search and 60 applications, Campbell has a new city manager.

San Francisco City and County Acting City Administrator Amy Brown was selected to be the next Campbell City Manager today. The city council will vote on the appointment and contract on Dec. 6.

“The City Council is extremely pleased to have selected a City Manager with the skills and experience Amy brings to the table," said Campbell Mayor Jason Baker in a release. "We are delighted that Amy has accepted the City Manager position. She brings a breadth of experience including in management, real estate, labor relations and legal issues. She is comfortable in a highly complex environment and is a proven leader. We are excited to have her on board.”

The city has been searching for a city manager since former city manager Dan Rich he would be taking the position of city manager in Mountain View in July.

Campbell Interim City Manager to fill the position, saving the city of Campbell money.

According to Baker, Bito was being paid $10,566/month as Assistant to the City Manager. As Interim City Manager, Bito was paid $12,140/month. Rich had been paid $15,750/month, and he was significantly under market for comparable sized cities, Baker said.

"It’s amazing. It's not commonly understood what this position means," Baker said in a previous interview. "This person is the CEO of the city and the council is the board of directors. The city manager runs the city from day to day. If something happens in the middle of the night, they're the one that gets the call.

"The city council cannot direct a city employee to do anything. That’s the city manager’s job," he said. "We provide direction, they make sure it happens on a day to day basis. It’s a lot of responsibility."

"It’s a heck of a job," Baker said. "City managers are there, almost always longer than any city council. In Mountain View, the last one retired after 40 years."

According to the release, Brown’s first day on the job is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2012. The annual salary for the new City Manager will be $199,500.

“Campbell is a well-run city with a tradition of good government, and I am excited and honored to be selected as its City Manager," Brown said in a release. "I am impressed with the community, Council and staff and look forward to working with everyone there.”

Brown was appointed Acting City Administrator in January and also served as San Francisco's Deputy City Attorney from 1999 to 2006.

The new city manager holds Bachelors degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

She is also the first woman and the first member of the LGBT community to hold the city administrator position for San Francisco.

The average processing time for advertising, recruitment and selection for a city manager takes about six months.

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