Malibu’s City Manager is Out

Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman vacated her position on May 1 under the terms of a new agreement with the city. Feldman announced in January that she would leave before her contract was up, but she was expected to stay on board until a replacement was announced.

In a January letter issued by her attorney, Feldman placed the blame on Councilman Bruce Silverstein. She accused him of constant and “unprecedented personal and professional attacks” that made it impossible to do her job. Silverstein says all the questions he has asked of Feldman are reasonable. 

We won’t be hearing anymore about that from the city. The new agreement includes a non-disparagement clause for both parties. Feldman has also agreed not to sue Malibu. She gets a buyout of $150,000 on May 1 and another $150,000 on August 1 if she hasn’t found a job. Half of it will be paid by the city’s insurer.

Feldman has served as Malibu’s city manager since 2016. Previously, she was Assistant City Manager and Administrative Services Director. She has over 20 years of experience in public service and has been credited with growing the city’s general fund, securing a AA+/AAA bond rating, and overseeing a swath of renovations and capital projects.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Malibu and to help the community that I have been part of for almost two decades,” Feldman said in a statement released through her attorney. “I am so proud of how much the City has accomplished, and I am grateful for the support of the City staff, residents and councilmembers that I have had the pleasure to work with.”


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