Walter Mencken 9 a.m., May 23
Lame duck mayor advertising for city arts czar to be paid up to $125,000
A few weeks ago, San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders, who will turn the reins of city government over to mayor-elect Bob Filner on December 2, backed away from his plan to expand the city's red light traffic enforcement camera operation.
As first reported here August 22, Sanders had quietly posted a request for proposal on the city's procurement website, soliciting bids for a "'Turnkey' operation, whereby the Proposer shall provide all necessary equipment and associated software with the [red light camera] program, all staff necessary to install, operate, and maintain the program as well as providing necessary services to the City."
The story was later picked up by the San Diego U-T, and following a column by Matthew Hall about the controversial camera program, Sanders PR man Darren Pudgil told the paper that the mayor wouldn't be proceeding with the plan after all.
“Sometimes the departments have one way of thinking and the mayor who runs the city has another way, and this is the way the mayor intends to proceed,” Pudgil was quoted as saying.
But under what’s left of the Sanders watch, the city continues to dispatch help wanted ads.
One interesting online posting is for the unclassified position of executive director of the Commission for Arts and Culture.
"The Commission is composed of 15 volunteers appointed by the Mayor and is supported by a staff of six," according to the announcement.
"The ideal candidate will have a unique blend of arts and public administration experience," says the notice. "With programs ranging from the allocation of public funds through a competitive process to managing the public art program, he/she will have experience in arts management in a wide range of programs and media."
"As the leader and key spokesperson for the Commission, he/she should embody visionary leadership, have a collaborative mindset and proven ability to be strategic and execute results."
The would-be executive should also be "Highly ethical and objective, with the ability to navigate in a political environment without being political," according to the post.
The job has a projected salary of "approximately $95,000 to $125,000 annually." In addition, "The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service.
The bad news: "City employees initially hired on or after the effective date of Proposition B, a voter-approved San Diego Charter amendment to modify City employee retirement benefits, will not be eligible to participate in the City’s Defined Benefit Plan administered by the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System."
Availability of the position is designated as "Open until filled:
"Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly as interviews and selection may begin upon receipt of resumes from qualified individuals."
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- San Diego Wants to Extend Red Light Camera Ticketing, Bid Document Reveals — Aug. 22, 2012
- Strange Political Bedfellows: Brian Maienschein and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — April 24, 2012