San Ramon assistant city manager Eric Figueroa will soon be leaving the position after being hired on Wednesday to become the new city manager for Martinez.
The Martinez City Council announced the decision to hire Figueroa at its meeting Wednesday night, selecting the season city administrator from among 35 candidates in a nationwide search, according to Rica Guidry, Martinez's executive assistant to the city manager.
“I have known Eric for many years while he was working with the League of California Cities and then as assistant city manager in San Ramon. Martinez is fortunate to have Eric at the helm and I am looking forward to working with him and the City Council to keep Martinez moving forward," Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder said.
As San Ramon’s assistant city manager for the past five years, he was tasked with a variety of economic, environmental, parks, business development and tourism responsibilities, including managing a $73 million operating budget.
According to Figueroa’s employment agreement, as the top administrative official in Martinez, he is set to earn an initial base salary of $234,000 annually, in addition to deferred payments, vacation, professional development and other other various benefits.
San Ramon plans to restructure Figueroa's position into a deputy city manager post after he departs for Martinez on April 22.
“I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity and experience I’ve had in San Ramon. I have worked with a fantastic staff here and two of the finest city managers in the state in Joe Gorton and Greg Rogers who taught me how to truly serve the community. My time in San Ramon has well positioned me to work hand in hand with both the resident and business community in order to achieve the goals of the City Council,” Figueroa said in a statement.
In Martinez, Figueroa will be replacing Brad Kilger, who retired in January after 2-1/2 years in the position. Figueroa will serve as Martinez's sixth top administrator since September 2013, according to Bay City News Service.
With Figueroa's departure, San Ramon City Manager Joe Gorton has decided to restructure his office and eliminate the assistant city manager position (which is department-head level) and replace it with a new deputy city manager position (division manager classification) and add a management analyst, according to Figueroa.
The city will begin recruiting for a deputy city manager soon, Figueroa said. The city will use funding already allocated for the assistant manager position and other money earmarked for contractors to fund the majority of the new positions, he added.
Before joining San Ramon, Figueroa served eight years as the public affairs manager for the League of California Cities, earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and government from Claremont McKenna College, and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley
Figueroa comes from a lineage of public service leadership -- his late mother, Pat Figueroa was a city councilwoman and mayor in Mountain View for nearly 18 years.
"I’m very grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve the city of Martinez, which is well positioned to be one of the Bay Area’s dynamic model communities for generations to come,” said Figueroa. “With a vibrant and historic downtown, a forward-looking approach to infrastructure and planning, and residents willing to support city initiatives, Martinez stands out as one of the gems of California.”
Figueroa's appointment also means both major Martinez local public agencies are now led by former San Ramon Valley public officials. CJ Cammack, superintendent for the Martinez Unified School District, is a former assistant superintendent for human resources at San Ramon Valley Unified School District.