Paso Robles city manager to get a $200,000 salary
November 18, 2015
The Paso Robles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Thomas Frutchey, 65, the current city manager of Pacific Grove in Monterey County. Frutchey will receive a base salary of $201,000. [Paso Robles Daily News]
Frutchey will replace City Manager Jim App, who is retiring at the end of the year.
App currently receives a base salary of $194,000. The salary range for the Paso Robles’ city manager position is $150,000 to $225,000.
Frutchey’s contract includes a $10,000 payment for moving expenses and a $175 monthly car allowance.
Frutchey has previously held city manager jobs in Oxnard, Campbell and Los Altos Hills. He has also worked as the vice president of the Center for Policy Studies in Camarillo, vice president of Underground Technology Inc. in Ventura and president of Borla Performance Industries in Oxnard.
The Paso Robles council selected Frutchey from a field of 48 applicants. Seven of the 48 were interviewed by panels consisting of council members, professionals, community members and Mayor Steve Martin. The council re-interviewed the top three candidates.
Frutchey is scheduled to begin work on Jan. 17.
App will retire on Dec. 30 after having spent 25 years as an employee of Paso Robles and 18 years as its city manager. App guided the city through a sex scandal that resulted in the ousting of police chief Lisa Solomon and led to calls for App’s firing.
App said Frutchey has the right mix of public and private sector experience that the city council was looking for. The main challenges Frutchey will face are the city’s slow recovery from the recession and potential groundwater litigation, App said.
Frutchey said App has set a really high standard and that he is eager to get to work.