Martinez seeking public input in city manager search

The Martinez City Council wants to hear from the public as it searches for its next city manager.

Brad Kilger, who became the Martinez City Manager in 2016, has announced his retirement next month, and the Council is conducting a recruitment for his successor.

The application submittal period closed Nov. 26, said Rica Guidry, executive assistant to the city manager, and because of the holiday closures at City Hall, the Council expects to choose the top candidates to be interviewed in January.

To involve the community, the city has posted an online survey through which residents can describe the qualities they want in the next city manager, Guidry said in her announcement. Links to the four-question survey are on the city’s web site home page at

Those who want to go directly to the survey may do so at

In Martinez, city managers are appointed by the City Council and they’re responsible for addressing the priorities established by the Council as well as overseeing day-to-day operations of the city.

“The city manager is the chief executive officer of the city, and it is important that the City Council choose an individual who is not only highly qualified, but also a good fit for Martinez,” Mayor Rob Schroder said.

A more extensive job description is available online at

The public survey will be available through Ja. 11. Those with questions may contact Guidry at

“Obtaining input from our citizens on what they feel are the important issues the next city manager should address and the key skills and attributes they should possess will assist the City Council in that effort,” Schroder said.

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