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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/10/2010
Subject :

Two Long-Time Employees Take on Expanded Assignments during Public Works Department Transition
Contact : James Keene, City Manager    650-329-2563
Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto City Manager James Keene announced two internal appointments in the Public Works Department until a replacement for retiring Director Glenn Roberts is hired. Mike Sartor will serve as Acting Public Works Director and Phil Bobel will be the Acting Assistant Director for Engineering. Both managers will be paid five percent above their current salary. Annually, Sartor will earn up to $168,854 and Bobel will earn up to $153,442, depending on the duration of their assignment. Both have already begun their new and expanded responsibilities.

"Rather than bring in outside assistance for the short term, I decided to tap two long-time managers to help us through this transition while we search for a new leader for the department." Keene said. “Mike and Phil have worked on many of the challenging issues currently facing the department and will help us move forward.”

Since 2002, Sartor has worked as Assistant Director of Engineering in the department. Prior to joining the City, he worked for the City of Mountain View for six years as capital program manager, and before that, worked with Woodward Clyde Consultants for 10 years as an Environmental and Waste Remediation Program Director. Sartor has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from San Jose State, a Masters of Science in Management from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, and is a registered Civil Engineer in California.

“I look forward to this opportunity to serve the City while a search for a new Public Works Director is conducted. We have a great group of dedicated employees in this department and I am pleased to keep many critical projects like the Library construction project, Art Center renovation, and Landfill closure moving forward during this transition period, said Sartor.

Bobel has been the Environmental Compliance Division Manager for the department since 1989. Before that, he managed a series of water, air and waste control programs in the Environmental protection Agency's San Francisco Office. He holds Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering and Public Policy from Stanford and Cornell, respectively, and is a Registered Engineer in California.

Upon accepting his interim appointment, Bobel said, “Palo Alto has a tradition of outstanding facilities, programs, staff and incredible residents. I’m very excited about helping Mike serve those incredible folks, and build on that tradition with new successes.”