Year in Review: City manager remains upbeat about future

Staff ReportsDecember 27, 2013 

— A meet-and-greet at Los Banos City Hall brought together dozens of business owners, public servants and residents to meet the city’s newest top official, Steve Carrigan. The review of Los Banos and its residents were glowing from Carrigan that April day.

“How long does it take to feel at home? I know that I feel that already,” Carrigan said then. “So I know you got a good thing going here.”

An hour before a City Council meeting, Carrigan mingled with residents during the city staff-planned social. “I’m impressed by the warm reception tonight,” said Carrigan, 50. “I had a chance to meet a number of folks in the community and they just really made me feel at home.”

Months later, Carrigan remains upbeat.

“I started in April and when I looked up it was already December,” he said. “The whole year flew by. We had good work at City Hall, our budget looks good and we are healthy. Next year should be a good year because we believe development is coming.”

City Council unanimously voted for Carrigan as city manager on April 3.

Carrigan said he received three text messages the night of the vote, two of which were from city staff and were regarding regular administrative issues for new employees.

“The third one is the one that really kind of took my breath away,” Carrigan said, adding it was from former City Manager Steve Rath.

“He welcomed me and congratulated me,” he said. “Not only did I think that was very, very professional. On a personal note, I thought it was super cool.”

City Council agreed to a three-year contract of $156,000 a year, which is $13,000 per month. Also in the employment agreement are benefits, a moving reimbursement not to exceed $5,000, and a housing allowance of $1,250 a month for a maximum of six months.

Carrigan came to Los Banos after a 16-month stint as the assistant city manager of Sanger, and eight years as economic development director in Stockton.

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