René Bobadilla Turns Down City Manager Offer from Santa Monica

On June 8, the City of Santa Monica announced it had selected Montebello City Manager René Bobadilla as its next chief administrator. Two days later, Santa Monica said Bobadilla had turned the offer down.

The Montebello City Council enticed Bobadilla to stay with a new five-year contract approved at their June 9 meeting. It stipulates a $318,500 annual salary, lifetime medical benefits, and an enhanced severance. The compensation package was opposed by Council Member David Torres, who called it too “extravagant” to justify.

“While this was a very difficult decision meant to be private until appropriate, I sincerely appreciate the vote of confidence and support the Montebello Council has made and the terms of their offer demonstrate their desire to continue building on the collaboration and cooperation we’ve been able to establish,” Bobadilla said. “This is the right decision for me and my family at this stage of my career and I genuinely thank the Council for their commitment and backing as we enhance our partnership for the benefit of our residents and the community.”

Santa Monica will now resume its search for a city manager. It’s been without a permanent administrator since Rick Cole’s resignation 14 months ago. Interim City Manager Lane Dilg is departing on June 22 and will be replaced by former City Manager John Jalili.