City manager named
A Manteca consultant has accepted the South Lake Tahoe city manager job.
David Jinkens, 52, who runs a namesake government consulting firm in the Central Valley city, agreed to start with the South Shore city for $110,000 annually on Aug. 7.
His contract will make the city’s agenda on Aug. 6.
Jinkens replaces David Childs, who resigned in January to work for the International City/County Management Association as its western regional director.
“I am very pleased to be appointed as city manager. I look forward to working with the council and community,” Jinkens said Wednesday from a conference in Charlottesville, Va.
“We are honored and pleased Jinkens accepted the offer. We look forward to his experience and his leadership as he begins his tenure with South Lake Tahoe,” Mayor Brooke Laine said.
Jinkens received the call on Wednesday from the city’s recruiter, Bob Murray, who asked whether the offer’s terms were acceptable. Jinkens, who beat out 77 applicants and two candidates on the short list, said yes.
He’s aware much work needs to be done to move into the top job — personally in getting his wife, cat and belongings moved and to get up to speed on city business.
He brings to the table 28 years of city management experience, with tenures in Manteca, Morgan Hill — which is outside San Jose, Avalon on Catalina Island and most recently Elk Grove. He served as that community’s first city manager since it incorporated two years ago in Sacramento County.
Jinkens plans on making the rounds, meeting with staff and the people in the community “as quickly as possible.”
“People is what it’s all about,” he said.
Jinkens also understands the importance of the numbers in the budget and the services they stand for.
“We need to do a lot of mapping out of what we’re going to do in the city,” he said.
Jinkens comes on board shortly before the state of California submits its budget. Some anticipate a $23 billion shortfall will amount to a billion-dollar takeaway from city and county governments.
He also inherits a $2 million-a-year budget shortfall that has brought forth a ballot measure designed to boost revenue. Measure Z, which comes before registered voters Nov. 5, seeks to increase the 10 percent transient occupancy tax by as much as $1.50 a room per night. It also aims to double the business and professions fees.
“We have to make sure (from) year-to-year that we’re not at the whims of state government. We have to build our reserves,” Jinkens said. “I know there are solutions, and I’m sure we’ll find them together.”