On Tuesday night, the Oakley City Council selected Josh McMurray as its interim City Manager in a 5-0 vote.
The Council directed the city to begin the search for a permanent city manager and will bring back an RFP to hire a firm for an executive search. The council also agreed to a salary range for McMurray at $230k – he currently makes $162k as community development director.
The move comes as City Manager Bryan Montgomery announced last week that he was taking the city manager position in the City of Indio and his last day will be May 7, 2021.
Several residents spoke out during the meeting urging the council not to make a decision on the interim city manager based on the process was quick and citizens could not weigh in on the appointment.
Neither the Mayor or City Council made any comments on the appointment during the meeting.
Montgomery has served as City Manager for the city of Oakley for over fifteen years. He assumed the position in Oakley in 2005 after having served as city manager of the City of Mesquite, Nevada for more than seven years. Mr. Montgomery has over 28 years of experience in local government management and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University and Los Medanos College.
“Bryan has been a strong leader for Oakley and has helped Oakley move from a newly-incorporated city, to a financially sound and safe city that has a very bright future. We will always be grateful for the foundation and solid employee team that Bryan helped build and we know he will continue to be successful in his public service career,” said Oakley Mayor Sue Higgins.
Community projects accomplished during Montgomery’s tenure include:
- the annexation of over 2,600 acres into the City
- City Hall
- Police Department (In 2016, Oakley discontinued its contract for police services with the County and formed its own in-house police department. Oakley has become one of the safest cities in all of California)
- Civic Center Park and Amphitheater
- the Oakley Plaza and other Downtown revitalization
- the Recreation Center
- Senior Center
- Public Works Operations Building
- two fire stations
- over 30 parks,
- the widening and improvement of almost every major arterial road in Oakley
- the You, Me, We = Oakley program
- the Contra Costa Logistics Center
- the recruitment and development of a high-quality and professional City staff,
- and many other projects and programs that are planned and currently underway
The search for a new city manager could go into the fall.