BRENTWOOD -- Steve Salomon will act as Brentwood's interim city manager and lead the recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.

Salomon will replace current City Manager Paul Eldredge, who resigned from the position late last month.

Salomon has worked in local government for more than 40 years, including 17 years -- from 1996 until 2013 -- as Visalia's city manager. He has also served as a city manager for Watsonville, Hercules and Albany. Salomon is a special adviser to Management Partners, a nationwide firm that provides local government management and interim management services. The Brentwood City Council approved an agreement with Management Partners on Friday afternoon, and the city will pay Salomon $145 an hour plus expenses. He will not receive benefits. "In my career, this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to work with the council for the city that I chose to live in," Salomon said. "I am looking forward to working with the staff and community. Somebody has done a good job here. We made a very conscious decision to live here."

Salomon was one of three finalists for the position, according to city staff. He holds a master's degree in city and regional planning with a minor in public administration from Ohio State University and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering focused on transportation and public works from the University of Cincinnati.

Earlier this week, the council met with two other interim city manager candidates. Salomon's interim position will last for up to six months or until a permanent city manager is hired.

In addition to the regular duties as Brentwood's chief executive officer, Salomon will oversee the search for Eldredge's replacement. Salomon said he specializes in planning, engineering, economic development and downtowns.


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"It will be a really good opportunity to work with the council and find the permanent person," Salomon said. "The challenge is to get the best person and best fit for the next number of years."

Eldredge will leave the city in late July to become general manager of the Union Sanitary District in Union City after three years as city manager in Brentwood.

Before that, he was assistant city manager for 14 years. He also served as assistant city engineer and assistant director of public works.

Now that the agreement has been finalized with Salomon, city officials plan to focus on the recruitment process for a permanent replacement. Salomon noted that Brentwood is a well-run city and is in relatively good financial shape.

"We look forward to working with you as a council and working with you in all facets," Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor said to Salomon.

Contact Paula King at 925-779-7174.