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Pleasanton planning chief named assistant city manager

Brian Dolan will succeed Steve Bocian, who retires next month

Brian Dolan, Pleasanton's Community Development Director in charge of the planning department for the past seven years, has been promoted to assistant City Manager, succeeding Steve Bocian, who will retire on March 27.

City Manager Nelson Fialho, who announced the promotion, said Dolan, who joined the Pleasanton staff from Vallejo, where he was the director of development services, has led every recent major land-use planning effort in Pleasanton. This has included the completion of the city's General Plan Update, certified Housing Element Updates, growth management policies and Hacienda development guidelines.

Dolan also handled planning reviews of all major residential and commercial developments during the last seven years. These have included Staples Ranch, Pleasanton Gateway and the Workday and Clorox corporate campuses.

In his new role, Dolan will continue to be closely aligned with the activities of the Community Development Department, while also taking on management of the city's affordable housing program, refuse and recycling services, capital improvement program and City Clerk operations.

He will handle special projects, as well, such as the pending development of Bernal Park Phase II, Rotary Park, Staples Ranch planning and implementation, Alviso Adobe Strategic Plan, Lions Wayside/Delucchi Park Master Plan implementation and the new Civic Center/Library Master Planning process.

"Brian is the right person, at the right moment, to fulfill the basic and emerging needs of the city in partnership with the executive team and myself as we enter a period of organizational transition and economic recovery," Fialho said.

Bocian has been the Assistant City Manager since April 1988. Prior to that time, he worked with the cities of Arcadia and Hayward. He and his family have resided in Pleasanton since 1988.

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Posted by taxpayer
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

Finally cutting out some of the fat. With the city manager being paid over $300,000 a year and each of TWO assistant managers getting about $250,000 per year our budget was unbelievably top heavy. For all of that money I have to ask -- what have any of them done to benefit this town to the tune of nearly a million dollars each year in wages?


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

taxpayer - you're high. That's nowhere near their salaries. Way to spread lies to further your agenda.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

According to the Transparent California website, the Pleasanton City Manager makes about $197K and the assistant City Managers make slightly less. Yes, good pay but nowhere near that $300K claimed by "taxpayer".

You may have some valid point to make about the salaries of city officials, "taxpayer", but you undermine your own credibility and your message when you demonstrate that you are either lying or careless with the facts.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

And I'd say that $197k is about what a CEO earns in the private sector in a small to medium-sized company - probably more.


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Posted by taxpayer
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm

@julie and Damon -- your math could use some work.

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Taken right off the official post. $197,106 PLUS other income (NOT benefits costs) of $104,936. Oh my, that equals $302,042. Assistants were at totals of $213,305 and $211,063. Again, that does NOT include the cost of benefits, that is the cost of their pay. What other city of our size needs three people, highly paid people, to do one job?


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Posted by citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

the emerging need will be how we protect our water system and prepare for how we use this dwindling resource. It takes a lifetime for that ground water to make it to the underground water supply. How will we insure adequate water for the future? Hope our new managers will study this for Pleasantons future...


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Feb 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

@taxpayer

OK, taxpayer, the table does list $104K for "other pay" (not overtime) for the city manager. So what is it? You're the one who is making the accusation that he and the others are not earning their pay so you tell us.


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Posted by Geraldo
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Damon,

The other category normally is an annual bonus. It's about 30% so probably a bonus. The $300,000 is probably how much he makes not including health and retirement benefits. That is quite a bit of money for a city with only 70,000.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Feb 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm

@Geraldo: "The $300,000 is probably how much he makes not including health and retirement benefits. That is quite a bit of money for a city with only 70,000."

I don't see that as wildly out of line with City Manager compensations for other nearby comparably sized cities. The total compensation (again, without benefits) for Dublin's City Manager is $250K. OK, that's 16% smaller than Pleasanton's City Manager's total compensation of $300K, but Dublin has a 30% smaller population than Pleasanton (about 52,000 versus about 74,000).

Anyway, I'm not wasting any more of my time on this. The burden of proof is not on me to defend the Pleasanton City Manager's compensation. If you or 'taxpayer' want to claim that our City Manager is overpaid, then the burden of proof is on you to show that.


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Posted by Geraldo
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 20, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Damon,

Don't be that way, don't run off with a little hissy fit! Be a big boy and hang around. $800,000 for a city manager and a couple assistant managers is maybe not bad. I am sure we get that much value out of the.


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