Despite a closed session counter offer made by the Lodi City Council on Wednesday afternoon to keep City Manager Rad Bartlam in the city, he made the decision to head for Southern California.
Bartlam met with the Chino Hills City Council on Thursday afternoon, and accepted the city manager’s position there. His first day on the new job will be Feb. 10.
Bartlam agreed to a three-year contract worth $202,800 annually, along with an $800 monthly car allowance. Chino Hills also gave him a one-time $10,000 relocation payment.
Because the council’s counter offer was made in closed session, council members and staff were not allowed to disclose its specifics.
Mayor Phil Katzakian released a statement to City of Lodi employees shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, stating that Bartlam’s last day will be Feb. 5.
“The city council is diligently preparing for the transition,” Katzakian wrote in his statement. “We will hold a closed session Tuesday morning to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager and steps needed to recruit Rad’s permanent replacement.”
Katzakian added that while Bartlam’s departure will leave a hole in the city’s Community Development Department, staff is nearing the final stages to hire a new senior planner.
He said the decision to hire a permanent community development manager will be made by Bartlam’s successor as city manager.
“All of the city council members have enjoyed working with Rad and appreciate the leadership and skills he brought to the city,” Katzakian wrote. “We wish him all the best in Chino Hills as we turn our focus to ensuring the city remains in capable hands.”
Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce said there was an effort made to persuade Bartlam to stay Wednesday afternoon. However, she said it wasn’t enough to sway his decision.
“When I first received notice he was considered for the job, I was very sad, because he is a very good city manager,” she said. “The employees work well with him and for him. He’s a good decision maker, and he has led us in the conservative way we’ve wanted to go.”
Mounce said she expects the search for Bartlam’s successor to take about six months.
Bartlam, 53, has been Lodi’s city manager since 2010, and was the city’s community development director from 1996 to 2005. He was earning $179,000 annually in Lodi.
He had also served as a city planner for the City of Brea, development services manager and senior planner for the City of Pomona, and associate planner in the cities of Glendora and Simi Valley.
Bartlam was in Chino Hills on Thursday and was unavailable for comment.
Tuesday’s special meeting will be a closed session at 7 a.m., prior to the council’s shirtsleeve meeting at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.
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