After a widespread search for city manager that attracted some 40 applicants, Santa Rosa has turned to the Lone Star State to fill its top administrator position.
The Santa Rosa City Council has selected El Paso deputy city manager Sean McGlynn as its next city manager. McGlynn will be replacing outgoing city manager Kathy Millison, who is stepping into retirement in September.
As deputy city manager for the nation’s 19th largest city, McGlynn has a range of duties, including oversight of the city’s planning and economic divisions which recently attracted 1,100 new jobs. Before becoming deputy city manager, McGlynn also oversaw the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and spearheaded the city’s public art program. Between late May and mid-June of this year, he served as El Paso’s interim city manager.
McGlynn holds a master’s degree in theater from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh.
“He’s going to be different for the city of Santa Rosa, and we need something different right now,” said Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley, who described McGlynn as an “out of the box” candidate. Bartley also praised McGlynn’s record of forging consensus in spite of the deep polarization which exists in El Paso.
McGlynn’s employment contract will be taken up by the city council on August 5.
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