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Jill Keimach is Moraga’s new town manager

By Jonathan Morales
Friday, September 17th, 2010 at 5:03 am in Moraga.

Jill KeimachMoraga didn’t go far to find its new town manager. The council is set to appoint Jill Keimach, currently the community development director in Fremont, to the town’s top job on Wednesday night.

The council began searching for a new town manager after Mike Segrest, who currently holds the job, announced in May he was stepping down for personal reasons.

Keimach has worked for the city of Fremont for six years. Before that, the UC Berkeley alum held a similar position in El Cerrito.

As community development director, Keimach oversees the city’s building, planning and engineering departments as well the Development Services Team, the city’s “one-stop shop” for permits, according to her bio page on the Fremont website. She was most recently in the news in my colleague Matthew Artz’s article about Fremont’s refusal to accept a world where slanted parking is head-in only.

Keimach will begin on Nov. 1 and make a base salary of $168,000 plus benefits, per the employment agreement the council will vote on Wednesday. That’s a significant pay cut for Keimach, who currently makes $206,881 in Fremont, according to Bay Area News Group’s public employee salary database.

The agreement does not include a housing or moving allowance. Some residents criticized the council for giving Segrest a $3,000 monthly housing allowance for a year to help him relocate from Colorado.

A full story will be posted on the Times website later today, but here’s the quote I got from Keimach yesterday afternoon:

I’m very excited about the opportunity. I think the town of Moraga is a wonderful community that appreciates and preserves its open space, and I also am anxious to work with the town on improving or creating a viable commercial core to help with bringing in additional sales tax to the community and I’m anxious to get to know the community and for it to get to know me.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m.: Keimach told me because she is so close to Moraga (she lives in Berkeley) she and the council agreed that a housing allowance was not the best use of the town’s funds. She said she would be open to moving to the town after her kids graduate high school.

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