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Ed Shikada Named as Palo Alto Assistant City Manager

Palo Alto, CA – City Manager James Keene announced today that Interim Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada will join the City on a permanent basis as Assistant City Manager and will bring his appointment to the City Council on June 15 for confirmation.  Shikada has been serving in an interim capacity since April 7, and is focused on the "public services" group, which includes public safety, utilities, public works, libraries and community services departments.

“When Ed initially joined the City on a temporary basis, we agreed to reassess after he had been here for a few months, and I am pleased to say that we mutually agreed that he is a good fit for our community and is a valuable asset to our leadership team,” said City Manager James Keene.  “Ed's experience in senior leadership roles across a multitude of disciplines and in cities with complex operations aligns very well with our organizational needs and structure, and we are pleased he is joining the City as a permanent assistant city manager.”  

Shikada served in a variety of increasingly senior positions at the City of San Jose from 2003 to 2015, beginning as a Deputy City Manager and most recently as City Manager from 2013 to 2015.  Throughout his tenure with San Jose, Shikada oversaw operations of a $3 billion enterprise spanning 15 departments and 5,700 employees and managed services including public safety, economic development, neighborhood, transportation and aviation, environmental and utility, and strategic support services.  He also led a number of interdepartmental initiatives related to public facility construction, and Capital Improvement Programs.  

“The City of Palo Alto is an extraordinary organization serving a world class community,” said Shikada.  “Palo Alto tackles complex and difficult issues with a sophistication that reflects its stature at the center of Silicon Valley.  I am grateful for this opportunity to support its continued leadership in community service innovation and quality of life.”

Prior to joining the City of San Jose, Shikada held a variety of positions at the City of Long Beach from 1995 to 2003 including as Director of Public Works, Manager of Traffic and Transportation, as well as City Traffic Engineer and Transportation Planning Officer.  He directed operations and improvement of citywide infrastructure systems, as well as the establishment of a new transportation/traffic operations bureau.  Shikada also served in several senior transportation roles with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and a number of private transportation firms.     

Shikada holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a senior executive in state/local government from the Harvard Kennedy School.  His salary for the position will be $232,000.  

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