NEWARK -- Filling a position left vacant for three years, City Manager John Becker has chosen from within for a new assistant city manager.

Becker promoted Terrence Grindall, Newark's community development director since 2006, to the position, effective Jan. 1. Grindall retains his previous position and now holds both jobs, said Becker, who announced the promotion at a City Council meeting last week.

"Terrence has done an outstanding job in any area he's been assigned to," he said.

Grindall received a 5 percent raise, boosting his annual compensation to $189,000, Becker said. His previous salary was $179,550. City employees pay for their own health benefits, Becker said.

Newark has gone without a full-time assistant city manager since late December 2010, as the position stayed open because of budget cuts.

Council members did not vote on Grindall's promotion because Newark's city manager is responsible for all City Hall hiring, except the city manager and city attorney positions, Becker said.

Becker, who turned 57 last month, said he does not plan to retire soon.

"But it is a good idea for a chief executive officer to have a succession plan," he said. "Terrence has shown he's ready to take the next step."

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