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PRESS RELEASE 03/04/2010
Subject :

Pamela Antil Named as New Assistant City Manager; Other City Organizational Changes Announced
Contact : James Keene, City Manager    650-329-2563
Linda Clerkson, Public Communications Manager    650-329-2656
Palo Alto, CA – City Manager James Keene announced his selection of Pamela Antil as the new Assistant City Manager for Palo Alto. Ms. Antil, Assistant City Manager for the City of Novi in Michigan since 2006, was selected after an extensive national search by the executive recruitment firm of Peckham & McKenney. She will begin work in Palo Alto on April 12, 2010.

"Pam comes to us with over 20 years of public and private sector management experience working on strategic planning and operational improvements as well as cost reduction efforts," said Keene. “She has served as an Assistant City Manager in two cities prior to Palo Alto so I am looking forward to Pam helping with the City's day to day operations.”

The Assistant City Manager is one of five City Officers identified in the Municipal Code. Palo Alto’s Assistant City Manager position has been held vacant since May 2008 due to the transition of City Managers in 2008 and an operational assessment conducted by City Manager Keene over his 18 months in the organization. The Assistant City Manager serves as the operations officer for the City and may act on behalf of the City Manager at City Council meetings and in other high-level capacities when necessary.

“I’ve thought long and hard about filling the Assistant City Manager position,” Keene said. “These are challenging financial times and we’ve saved a lot by not filling the position over the last 18 months. But we can’t meet the demands of our city and the important priorities of the City Council without this position. Filling the position at this time is critical to the effective operations of the City going forward.”   

Ms. Antil has been the Assistant City Manager for the City of Novi, MI (pop.53,000) since 2006, and she was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (pop.45,000) where she served from 1989-1995. She worked with the City of Ann Arbor, MI (pop.114,000) from 2004-06 in a variety of positions including a brief appointment as Assistant City Administrator before moving to Novi. Ms. Antil is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager and has a Master of Public Administration Degree from California State University, Long Beach. She has also served on numerous policy and planning committees with ICMA and is a well respected member of the city management community.

”My husband and I are very excited to be able to raise our girls in Palo Alto and be fully engaged in the community through my work within the city organization and our family’s involvement in the schools and civic groups,” said Ms. Antil.

Ms. Antil’s responsibilities over the years have included business process and operational improvement; strategic planning; cost reduction and organizational performance measurement and design; corporate due diligence; organizational and human resources strategy; as well as senior level project management and overall operational oversight.   

Along with the regular operational day-to-day duties in Novi, her recent work also includes implementation of green initiatives and energy savings programs in the City of Novi; use of technology and social media in the City’s civic engagement program; and the implementation and management of cross-functional, cross-departmental, citywide (venture) teams to complete critical City goals and initiatives.

“The Assistant City Manager position is critical now as we struggle with our ongoing structural budget deficit, explore new ways to save money for the long term, establish clearer organizational accountability, support our staff, and position ourselves for a more sustainable future economically and environmentally,” added Keene. “Pam brings the right qualifications, great energy and exemplary 'people’ skills to help us through these challenging times.” 

Ms. Antil is an active member of the International City/County Management Association and was recently elected to the Board; a Board Member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, and member of the Society for Human Resource Management, International Personnel Management Association, Michigan Municipalities in support of the Michigan Film Industry, and the Oakland County (MI) City Managers Association. She is married to advertising executive David Antil and has two daughters, Sydney and Peyton, ages 10 and 8.

The appointment of Ms. Antil to the Assistant City Manager complements other changes and appointments announced by the City Manager. Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie (whose lead assignments include High Speed Rail, the Stanford Hospitals project, and senior management oversight on improvements to the Development Center and the City’s permit process) will be heading a new Office of Economic Development linked to the City Manager’s Office. This position is funded 50% in the City Manager’s Office and 50% in Planning and is a result of eliminating the Assistant Director position in the Planning and Community Environment department. Economic Development Manager Susan Barnes will be retiring on July 1 after 11 years with the City and her position will report to Mr. Emslie, along with Sustainability Coordinator Debra van Duynhoven, reflecting the City’s focus on Green Tech business development and attraction.

Interim Community Services Director Greg Betts has been selected by City Manager Keene for appointment to the Director of Community Services position.

All of these changes are accomplished within existing budget and staffing. The Assistant City Manager and Community Services Director positions are subject to City Council confirmation.