Arroyo Grande approves McFall’s interim city manager contract

Bob McFall
Bob McFall

Now it’s official — Bob McFall will once again serve as Arroyo Grande’s interim city manager as the city looks for a permanent top administrator. And he’ll do it for less money than previous estimates indicated.

The Arroyo Grande City Council approved a new employment agreeement with McFall at its meeting Tuesday after McFall raised concerns that the previously approved contract through staffing agency Regional Government Services would create problems with his CalPERS retirement.

McFall’s agreement with RGS did not have stipulations that would protect McFall if CalPERS were to decide he was in violation of state retirement regulations by working as an independent contractor for the city, according to a staff report.

Because of this, the city and McFall decided to draft a new contract that correctly stipulated McFall’s interim city manager status per CalPERS regulations.

The new contract specifies that McFall will be paid $86.06 per hour — less than the $125 his previous contract stipulated. The new contract also does not include the $1,700-per-month housing allowance its previous incarnation did.

The new contract will cost the city an estimated $82,617, according to the report, based on eight months of work, not exceeding 960 hours.

McFall has 34 years of experience in the public sector, 22 of which were spent as the Glendale assistant city manager before he retired in 2010.

He will temporarily replace former city manager Dianne Thompson, who was fired after less than a year because of “differences in style” with the City Council. Her predecessor, Steve Adams, also left the city under less-than-favorable circumstances following public outcry over a July 2014 incident when he was found alone with a subordinate late at night in City Hall.

McFall served as interim city manager during the switchover between Adams and Thompson.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie