City Manager's Office

City seeks community input on city manager recruitment

People who live, work or use services in Menlo Park are invited to provide feedback on what qualities they think the next city manager should possess. The city manager is appointed by the city council and serves as the chief executive of the city.

With the upcoming retirement of current City Manager, Starla Jerome-Robinson, the City Council has retained The Hawkins Company to conduct an executive search. As part of the process, the city and The Hawkins Company are asking for community input via this brief, five questions survey about the desired qualifications and attributes for the next city manager. Responses will help the search firm to identify, recruit and evaluate candidates.

The survey is available in English and Spanish on the city website beginning September 17 and remains open until September 30, 2021. All responses are anonymous.

In addition to the survey, the public is also invited to participate in one of the following community forums listed below. The purpose of the forums is to provide the public with more information about the search process and to learn more about what community members are looking for in the next city manager. All forums are virtual and will take place on the following days:


On our website, you will find easy access to our staff directory to contact the person or locate the information you are seeking regarding our City.

In everything we do, our employees strive to provide responsive services driven by exceptional customer service. In this task, the City Manager is supported by a professional and dedicated staff that cares for our community, its residents and guests. We appreciate your input on the services we are providing and those we should consider.

Roles and responsibilities

Incorporated on November 23, 1927, Menlo Park is a General Law City operating under the general laws set by the State of California. Operating under the council-manager form of local government, the City Manager is appointed by the City Council serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Menlo Park. Responsibilities include staff organizational management, personnel appointment and removal, preparation and execution of the City budget, as well as administration of city ordinances and policies adopted by the City Council.

The City Manager's Office provides administrative support to the City Council and advisory commissions, in addition to working closely with the City Attorney's Office.

Professional local government managers

The following video was prepared by the International City/County Management Association to raise awareness of the role professional local government managers play in building communities we're proud to call home. Local managers play an important role in making local government and the services it provides more effective, efficient, ethical, and transparent.