Dianne Thompson has been chosen as the new Arroyo Grande city manager, ending five months of the city being without a permanent top administrator.
On Tuesday, the Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously to hire Thompson, formerly the city manager for Cotati in Sonoma County. She is expected to start work in August.
Thompson will replace Interim City Manager Bob McFall who has served as manager since February, following former City Manager Steve Adams’ controversial departure.
Thompson’s total compensation would be about $229,600 a year, including salary and benefits. That includes a base salary of $179,000 a year, a city contribution to a deferred compensation program of $2,200 annually, and a $400 monthly car allowance.
The city also will provide up to a $10,000 reimbursement for relocation expenses and up to $1,700 a month for up to four months as a temporary housing allowance. Adams had received a base salary of $157,294 annually.
The council also approved plans for Heather Whitham, a partner at Carmel & Naccasha LLP, to take over as city attorney for Tim Carmel. The city’s contract with the firm stipulates that partners are paid $170 an hour for regular duties.
Carmel, who has served as city attorney nearly 22 years, will continue to handle water and land-use issues for Arroyo Grande.