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City Manager Choice Is From Seaside
Riverbank's choice for its new city manager, Jill Anderson, is the former assistant city manager of Seaside, a city of about 34,000 located on the coast south of Monterey. Seaside eliminated her position in 2010 during budget cuts and several layoffs necessitated by the poor economy.

Chosen out of three finalists from an initial field of more than 40 applicants, Anderson is now negotiating her contract with Riverbank city officials. Given a successful outcome she is due to start work here on Monday, Feb. 27 at a proposed pay rate of $137,500 per year.

Residents will have a chance to meet her on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Galaxy Theatre where Mayor Virginia Madueno will lead a 6 p.m. reception for the city council and at 7 p.m. give her State of the City address.

Anderson started her 20-year local government career in Norwalk in Los Angeles County and then moved to Seaside.

At a mixer for the three finalists offered here in mid-January, Anderson said she has the experience and is a good fit for the Riverbank city manager's job. Norwalk, like Riverbank, contracted with the county sheriff's department for police protection. In addition, while working in Seaside she helped arrange conversion of the Army base at adjacent Fort Ord to civilian use as Riverbank is doing with its former ammunition plant.