June Martinez Mayor's Message
Jun 01, 2016 05:56PM
● By Rob Schroder
Rob Schroder, Mayor of Martinez
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
The City of Martinez finally has a new city manager. Last month the Martinez City Council ratified the contract of Brad Kilger as city manager, effective June 13, 2016. Brad has over 30 years of experience in city management, most recently as city manager of our neighboring city across the Carquinez Straits, Benicia.
It has been a difficult 2 ½ years, with a parade of interim city managers after the departure of Phil Vince in October of 2013. All of the interims, including
Anna Gwyn Simpson, Assitant City Manager Alan Shear, and Interim City Manager Jim Jakel, provided excellent leadership in a very volitile environment. They kept the city on track and moving forward.
I would especially like to thank Jim Jakel for his service to Martinez. Jim was city manager of Martinez in the mid 1990s and has a real love for Martinez. He has served as interim city manager several times over my tenure on the city council and provided a climate of stability and calm that allowed us to move forward in difficult times. I have enjoyed working with Jim and thank him for his service. He really cares about the city where he started his career in public service.
I am looking forward to Brad taking over the leadership of City Hall so we can restart many projects that have been on hold. His experience and demeanor will be a very valuable asset to city residents and city employees.
Long time Assistant City Manager Alan Shear recently left the city for a career opportunity in Burlingame. He has taken a position as the administrative services manager working with former Martinez City Manger Marcia Raines, currently city manager in Burlingame.
And after over a decade of service to Martinez, Finance Director Cathy Spinella retired last month and is now living in Arizona. We have been very fortunate to find an excellent replacement, Martinez resident Cind Mosser, who has worked in municipal finance in Marin County, Walnut Creek, and most recently, Pacifica. She enjoyed all of those positions but is thrilled with her new Martinez assignment and short commute.
Once Brad takes over leadership at City Hall, he will rebuild his management team and move forward to institute the goals that the city council has outlined in its strategic plan.
My short term goals are:
· Complete and adopt the general plan
· Master plan the waterfront, including the marina and landside development
· Complete the paving and infrastruture projects, currently in the pipeline.
· Place a sales tax initiative on the November ballot to be used to pave our streets, replace our sidewalks, and rebuild the waterfront.
· Complete Waterfront Park and remaining Measure H projects.
· Finalize the earthquake retrofit projects and provide incentives for downtown housing opportunities in the downtown core.
· Provide private water transportation service from the Martinez Marina to San Francisco and other Bay Area ports.
Progress has been slow during this period of management instabilty in City Hall. I am convinced that with the leadership and experience of new City Manager Brad Kilger, Martinez is on the cusp of tidal change. These are exciting times for our city.