By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara City Council majority made it official.
They hired a new City Manager Jovan D. Grogan. His base annual salary will be $405,000, not including benefits. There was no information provided about his benefits cost to the City.
Grogan is currently the City Manager in San Bruno where he was appointed in 2018.
San Bruno is a Peninsula town of 44,000, one third the population of Santa Clara.
San Bruno’s budget is approximately $50 million annually. Santa Clara’s budget is over $1.3 billion.
Prior to San Bruno, Grogan served in assistant positions in Berkeley and Concord.
According to Transparent California, Grogan’s salary in San Bruno was $243,000. The City Council majority gave him a pay raise of $160,000 in annual salary.
That’s similar to the big bump they gave the new City Attorney Glenn Googins when they hired him last month.
As City Attorney, Googins will be paid a $345,000 annual salary in Santa Clara.
That’s a considerable raise for him. Googins earned $231,000 in salary in Chula Vista, another smaller city.
Last night the vote was 4-1 to appoint Grogan as City Manager. Councilmembers Raj Chahal, Karen Hardy, Suds Jain, and Kevin Park voted yes.
Councilmember Anthony Becker voted no. Becker said it was “just business” and Grogan’s salary was too high.
But Becker flip flopped on high salaries last month. At first, he supported Googins’ salary, then he voted against it when it came back to the Council for administrative action.
Two Councilmembers were absent from the meeting last night.
City Staff announced at the beginning of the meeting that Mayor Lisa Gillmor had recent hip surgery. Councilmember Kathy Watanabe had a medical emergency yesterday.
Last month, both Gillmor and Watanabe opposed the hiring of the City Attorney citing high salary costs and objecting to the 49er Five’s firing of former City Attorney Brian Doyle without cause.