A new, but experienced Community Development Director is temporarily taking the helm in Manhattan Beach, the city announced at a meeting Tuesday.
Jeffrey Gibson, a recently retired community development director from the city of Torrance, will be filling the position starting August 12 while the city finds a replacement for Anne McIntosh, who is leaving for a job in Rancho Cucamonga.
The city is hiring Gibson at an hourly rate of $86.54 as an exception to a CalPERS law which prohibits an agency from hiring a retiree within 180 days of retirement unless specific conditions are met, according to city documents.
As part of those conditions, Gibson will not receive any retirement-related incentives or benefits—including health insurance—from Manhattan Beach, the city said.
Per the law, he will also be limited to working 960 hours in the fiscal year, or until June 30, 2020.
Gibson retains his benefits and coverage as a retiree from the city of Torrance.
He brings 38 years of experience from the neighboring jurisdiction, where he oversaw projects such a $300 million Del Amo Fashion Center renovation, according to Torrance city documents.
Manhattan Beach sought Gibson to temporarily fill the community development director position due to his ample qualifications.
“You want someone (in that position) who knows the California building code, preferably knows Los Angeles County and even better if someone knows the South Bay,” Councilmember Richard Montgomery explained. “It’s hard to find someone that’s here that has that kind of depth. We’re lucky to have him.”
The city moved to appoint Gibson as soon as possible because “providing continuity in the position... is important to provide for the administration of the ongoing project and activities of the department,” the city stated in the resolution to hire him.
McIntosh’s last day will be Friday, according to city leaders.
The city honored McIntosh for her work with a certificate of commendation at the meeting Tuesday, with Mayor Nancy Hersman detailing some of her contributions to the city.
“Anne...has provided strong leadership by always maintaining a clear vision and supporting her staff as individuals and as a team,” Hersman said.
McIntosh stepped into the community development director role in April 2017 after being interim community development director and has guided the city through three major development projects, Montgomery added.
“She was a good guiding hand for us when she was here and dealt with not only the Manhattan Village mall, but she set the course for Gelson’s and was instrumental in Sunrise (Senior Living),” he said.
McIntosh humbly accepted the praise and thanked staff and leaders for their help in making her tenure successful.
“In a short period of time, we accomplished a lot and it wasn’t me, it was everyone,” said McIntosh. “I’m leaving the next person with a great, great team of really dedicated people who come everyday to serve this community.”