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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                   Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Carlos Martinez    
Carlos Martinez when he was
appointed as East Palo Alto's
city manager in March 2015.

Richmond City Council at their August
The Richmond City Council voted on Carlos Martinez' contract at its city council meeting on August 7, 2018.

Carlos Martinez, East Palo Alto’s current city manager is slated to leave his position with the city to become the city manager of Richmond, CA, starting on November 1, 2018.

After several council interviews and a public hearing it had with him this past July, the Richmond City Council chose Martinez to be Richmond's city manager over two other finalists: former Oxnard Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna and former Alameda City Manager and Moraga Town Manager Jill Keimach

Martinez was born in Managua, Nicaragua and is a naturalized American citizen. He has worked in the public sector for the Cities of Hayward and for the East Palo Alto Redevelopment Agency since 2003. He was appointed as East Palo Alto interim city manager in October 2014 and as East Palo Alto's city manager in March 2015.

In an email to East Palo Alto Today, commenting on his time working in East Palo Alto, Martinez said, "Serving as East Palo Alto City Manager and leading the East Palo Alto team has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, and a great honor."

He continued, "Much has been accomplished during my tenure, building on the hard work of my predecessors. East Palo Alto is now better than ever, with a great Council and team of devoted professionals. The City’s future is bright."

Martinez will replace Richmond’s retiring city manager, Bill Lindsay, who has served as Richmond’s top manager since 2010. At its Tuesday, August 7, 2018, council meeting, Lindsay acknowledged that it was most likely his last council meeting, thanked the Richmond community and Richmond’s seven-member city council for his "enjoyable 13 plus years" and said that Richmond was a great city with a great trajectory.

During the meeting, which can be seen online here a motion was made to approve Martinez’ contract that had been discussed in the council's prior closed session meeting.

With two council members –- Jovanka Beckles and Vice Mayor Melvin Willis --voting no, the Richmond City Council approved “an employment agreement with Carlos Martinez as Richmond City Manager, providing for a five-year term commencing November 1, 2018, at an initial base salary of $260,000.00 annually (approximately $358,000 total compensation), with subsequent salary increases subject to a satisfactory performance evaluation, and other specified employment terms.”

In comparison, Lindsay made a base salary of $270,000. See his 2010 contract here.

As Richmond’s new city manager, Martinez will be responsible, according to the City of Richmond's website, for

Martinez will become the city manager of a city that is much larger than East Palo Alto. While East Palo Alto has a population of about 30,000, Richmond, which is in Contra Costa County, has a population of 107,597.

Richmond was incorporated in 1905 and has a land area of 33.7 square miles as opposed to East Palo Alto’s 2.5 square miles. Richmond also has a shoreline that is 32 miles long. The city celebrated its centennial in 2016, whereas East Palo Alto celebrated its 35th anniversary in June of this year. See more about the City of Richmond online here.

As to his departure from East Palo Alto, Martinez said, "I am committed to a smooth transition.The transition process will be defined by the City Council.
My last day will be a day Council is comfortable with my transition, but before my start date in Richmond of November 1st."

The East Palo Alto City Council will hold a special council meeting, its last council meeting, before its summer recess on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The council will now have to add the task of finding a new city manager to its list of things to do for the Fall of 2018.


This article was was updated at 1:30 p.m. to include the comments of East Palo Alto City Manager Carlos Martinez.

The author of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, can be reached by email at epatoday@epatoday.org