Los Altos hires Brad Kilger as interim city manager

Update 1/13: The city council approved Kilger's hiring as interim city manager during Tuesday's (Jan. 12) council meeting.

Brad Kilger is expected to serve as Los Altos’ interim city manager starting next week, according to a city council staff report.

Brad Kliger

Kilger would temporarily replace former City Manager Chris Jordan, who resigned last month after four years in the role, in a decision Jordan said was the council’s desire. Two new council members have since been sworn in and tasked with joining the search for a new city manager. Jon Maginot, who was the deputy city manager, is currently serving as the acting city manager.

Kilger has worked in public service for more than 40 years, including 18 years as a city manager. This would be his second stint as an interim city manager in the past two years – he was appointed to run South Lake Tahoe on a temporary basis in January 2020.

The Los Altos City Council is expected to approve Kilger’s appointment during next Tuesday’s council meeting. A closed session has been set up before the meeting to discuss terms of Kilger’s employment agreement.

Kilger’s tenure in Los Altos would begin next Wednesday and end in August or when the city hires a permanent city manager. His compensation would not be more than $158,700, according to the staff report. City officials noted that the typical recruitment process for a permanent city manager can take four to six months, but the timeline could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After conducting a recruitment for an Interim City Manager, the City Council has determined that Brad Kilger was most qualified to serve on a temporary basis while recruitment for a permanent City Manager is underway,” the staff report reads.

Kilger retired as city manager of Martinez in 2019 after two years at the helm. He also has served as city manager of Benicia, Ceres and Yucca Valley.

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