The City Council conducted a City Manager recruitment four years ago and hired Anton “Tony” Dahlerbruch in accordance with the salary range that was advertised. Over the past four years, salary increases for the City Manager have been incremental while assuming responsibility for 7% of pension costs; City Managers in other cities may not share that same responsibility. The City Manager’s employment contract can be found here.
Mr. Dahlerbruch has extensive experience having worked six years as the City Manager of the City of Rolling Hills and seventeen years in the City of Beverly Hills, ultimately leaving as deputy city manager. In addition to work experience, he has served on numerous boards and held executive and elected positions such as President of the City Manager’s Department of the League of CA Cities, member of the Executive Board of the League of CA Cities, Co-Chair of the Cal ICMA Ethics Committee, Chair of the South Bay City Manager Area Group, and Regional Vice President of the International City / County Management Association.
Typically and as in Palos Verdes Estates, City Managers of small cities have few staff and thus, must have broad experience and knowledge. Moreover, the position requires a direct, hands-on approach to leadership and operational management because delegation is not an option. The Palos Verdes Estates City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of an annual $24 million operation consisting of being responsible to 5 members of the City Council who serve as a Board of Directors, and for a staff team of 55, disaster response operations, responsiveness to residents, and day-to-day public service operations.