Wayne Padilla, who has served since 2013 as San Luis Obispo’s director of finance and information technology, is taking a job in the Central Valley to be closer to his family, the city announced.
In addition, two high-level employees — the city’s assistant city manager and community development director — are swapping jobs.
Starting Sept. 14, Assistant City Manager Michael Codron will become the city’s community development director, while Derek Johnson, who has led the Community Development Department since November 2011, will assume Codron’s job.
The “no-cost reorganization” will allow them to bring fresh perspectives to critical roles in the city while retaining institutional knowledge, City Manager Katie Lichtig said in a news release Friday.
Johnson will also serve as interim finance and informational technology director. He came to the city in November 2011 and has more than 20 years of local government experience.
As assistant city manager, he will lead the Administration Department and work on citywide projects: the city’s open space goal in its two-year financial plan; completion of performance measurement system and improving internal financial management practices and controls.
Johnson’s current salary is $154,544 a year, and $220,001 in total compensation, which includes retirement benefits, insurance and a car allowance, according to the city.
Codron, who has been with the city 18 years, started in the Community Development Department as a student intern and worked as the city’s first planning technician.
He was promoted to the position of associate planner in 2000 and became the city’s first housing programs manager in 2008, a position he held until 2010. He currently earns $138,363 a year, and $198,895 in total compensation.
Padilla started working for the city on an interim basis in January 2013 and was appointed permanently to the job in July 2013.
His last day with the city will be Sept. 15, he said Friday.
Padilla said he’s moving into private industry in Fresno but declined to release more details about his future job. The move will allow him to be closer to his wife and two children, who remained in Madera while Padilla worked in San Luis Obispo.
When asked about his accomplishments, Padilla said he was proud that Measure G, the city’s half-percent sales tax measure, passed with a wide margin of approval.
“As a government agency this place is extremely unique,” he said. “Most throughout the state do not have the level of public engagement that this agency has achieved and sustained. It’s challenging at times but very beneficial to be part of that process and to see what it truly means to maintain a high level of transparency and responsibility to the public.”
He made $147,186 annually at the time of his hiring, most recently earning $153,088 a year; he made $218,104 in total compensation.
Padilla previously was the assistant city administrator/ finance director for the city of Chowchilla. Prior to that, he worked for the cities of Modesto and Madera.
Until Padilla was appointed, the finance department had been under interim leadership for much of the time since longtime former director Bill Statler retired in 2010.