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Lake Elsinore Gets New Interim City Manager

Western Municipal Water District board member Tom Evans will take the top spot; Pat Kilroy will return to his regular duties as director of Parks and Recreation for the city; and Roseville, CA-based Bob Murray & Associates will find a permanent city manag

In a 5-0 vote Tuesday night, the Lake Elsinore City Council approved Western Municipal Water District board member Tom Evans as interim city manager effective April 30. He replaces Pat Kilroy, who was appointed to the post

Kilroy has maintained no desire to take over the helm at the city, and Tuesday he said he was relieved to be returning to his regular duties as director of Parks and Recreation for the city. Several city council members thanked him for his willingness to serve during the interim period. Kilroy will remain in the post until Evans takes over next week.

For his part, Evans will receive $11,000 a month for his interim service to the city, but will not receive benefits. His contract is month to month.

Evans has management experience. Since January 2007, he has served on the Western Municipal Water District board representing Division 2, which includes a portion of the City of Riverside and all of March Air Reserve Base. He also represents Western on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board, where he serves as chairman of the Engineering and Operations Committee.

According to his bio from Western, “Mr. Evans has 35 years of experience in water, electric and gas utility management.  In 2005, he retired from the City of Riverside as interim city manager.  He also served the City of Riverside for four years as director of Public Utilities. Mr. Evans has served as a director for both the Southern California Public Power Agency and the Northern California Power Agency. He has served as a board member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and past chair of the Leadership Steering Committee. Mr. Evans is a member of the Riverside East Rotary Club as well as a past board member with Smart Riverside. He’s currently serving as a volunteer counselor for SCORE, an organization designed to provide counsel to small business owners.”

Evans graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and he holds a master’s degree in Business and Information Systems Management from Golden Gate University.

During Tuesday’s meeting, council members also voted 5-0 to approve bringing on the recruiting firm of Roseville, CA-based Bob Murray & Associates to find a permanent city manager for Lake Elsinore. Payment to the firm will be $17,500 plus an estimated $6,800 in travel expenses. It’s estimated that the process of finding a qualified candidate will take approximately 16 weeks.

Anon April 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM
11k a month? Geez!!!
Larry April 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Brady was getting over $20,000.00 a month. Looks like Hickman was right.
Ken Mayes April 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Not bad for a part time job. This person is still a member of Western Municipal Water District Board District 2 as well as their liason to MWD along with a what appears to be boat load of other activities. If he worked the job like a regular person for 160 hours a month this would work out to 68.75 an hour,reduce the hours increase the hourly rate, only in politics is a part timer worth this kind of money. I guess no one has enough faith in Lake Elsinore to do this pro-bono.
Roberto April 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
11,000 dollars a month and no need to do anything. Wonderful, he can continue doing whatever he does and collect 11,000 dollars a month.
Bill Bull April 25, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Does he collect Social Security too?
Ken Mayes April 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM
.If he is collecting now because he hasn't reached full retirement age, I believe he is 65 and full retirement age for him would be 66, this amount will surely ding him as you can only earn $14,640 annually before they start taking it away.
Tonto April 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I'm sure he will bring in lots of tourists to the greatest tourism mecca of the western United States :)
eyeonelsinore April 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM
The story reads that he is a retired public employee, so he almost certainly does not receive social security - practically every government agency in the state opted out when they could in the 1980s. However, it does mean that he collects a public taxpayer funded pension that, looking at his employment history, is almost certainly more than $11,000 a month (plus free health benefits) and it is not reduced by his employment earnings as long as he doesn't work more than about 1,000 hours a year.
Roberto April 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
According to his bio from Western, “Mr. Evans has 35 years of experience in water, electric and gas utility management. In 2005, he retired from the City of Riverside as interim city manager. REPLY: I'm sure the EVMWD could use him.
Ken Mayes April 26, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Why is it someone in politics can do a job for 4 years and either not have their contract renewed or not get re-elected and they can list themselves as retired. I did 4 years in the military and am considered EX not retired. As for Mr. Evan's career I believe the bulk of it was with PG&E which I believe is a publicly traded corporation and not a government agency.

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