September 13, 2011
More than six months after a divided Carmel City Council agreed to oust embattled City Administrator Rich Guillen, the council voted unanimously tonight to hire a new city administrator.
Jason Stilwell, currently serving as assistant county executive officer/budget director of Santa Barbara County, will assume the role Sept. 28.
There were 128 applicants for the job, and Sacramento-based search firm Peckham and McKenney weeded through resumes and recruited candidates, ultimately bringing in seven for interviews. The council discussed the prospective hire in closed session, and invited several representatives of community groups to meet and review a few candidates.
"I thoroughly enjoyed working with the council and with the community and with the staff," says Bobbi Peckham, a partner in the firm. "I was impressed with how they worked with me as a client, and with how they handled the entire recruitment process." The city paid Peckham and McKenney $16,500 for the search.
Stilwell's three-year contract sets a $176,500 annual salary; he'll also receive $15,000 toward moving expenses.