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Encinitas hires new city manager

ENCINITAS — In a unanimous 5-0 vote on Sept. 9, the Encinitas City Council appointed Pamela Antil as the city manager starting on Oct. 12, 2020.

Antil emerged as the top candidate following a three-month nationwide search to replace Karen Brust, who retired in June after five years with the city.

As city manager, Antil will report directly to the Encinitas City Council and serve as the chief executive of Encinitas’ city government, overseeing the activities of all city departments and providing direct assistance to the City Council, mayor, and other council committees.

Pamela Antil
Pamela Antil

Antil’s full City Manager Appointment and Employment Agreement can be viewed here.

Antil has more than 25 years of experience in municipal government, a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She has served as Santa Barbara’s assistant city administrator since 2015.

Mayor Catherine Blakespear said the city chose Antil from among 60 applicants, one of the “strongest pools of applicants [the city] has seen.”

Antil “has a long record and we are excited about her bringing her energy and enthusiasm for our city, as well as the background she has from all these different cities, their best practices and different ideas about how we can implement and do great things here in the City of Encinitas,” Blakespear said.

According to Blakespear, Antil’s salary will be $250,000 per year. In addition, she will be granted a car allowance of $500 per month, a cell phone allowance of $100 per month and an annual contribution of $15,000 to a 401(a) deferred compensation plan.

New to the city manager’s compensation plan is $12,000 in relocation assistance and rental assistance for five months, not to exceed $25,000.

Councilman Joe Mosca, who along with Blakespear reviewed and discussed contract provisions and compensation for the position, expressed his excitement about hiring Antil.

“Pam was an excellent candidate and will be an excellent city manager,” Mosca said. “I’m very excited to work with her.”

Councilwoman Jody Hubbard also expressed her enthusiasm over Antil’s hiring, reminding residents, “When you work with the city manager, you realize it’s a hard job. They earn every dollar that we pay them and I don’t know if people realize that. Whether it’s a wildfire or a flood from rain, any of those things, she’s the front line.”

During the meeting, Antil called in herself, saying, “I’m so humbled and beyond excited to be selected as the next city manager. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves, get down there and get started, and my family and I can’t wait to move south.”

“We are already beginning our housing journey and getting our house ready for sale here in Santa Barbara so we’re super excited to become a part of the community,” Antil said.

Additionally, the Council approved an ordinance officially establishing a Sidewalk Vending Operations Permit policy regulating the time, place and manner in which vendors may operate within the boundaries of Encinitas.

The sidewalk vending operations permit fee will be $160, comparable to fees in other cities.

Councilmembers Tony Kranz and Mosca sought to emphasize the policy requires vendors to establish insurance and sales taxes, as other brick-and-mortar establishments are required to do so, creating a fair playing field for local businesses.

Finally, acting city manager Jennifer Campbell announced the city would be compiling a list of the past, current, and future projects and improvements to northern Leucadia for the Council and residents’ approval.

The list will also include possible timelines and costs for northern Leucadia pedestrian railroad crossings and would be presented as an Informational Item at a future City Council meeting, available for public comment and question.

The full agenda and video from Sept. 9 City Council meeting can be viewed here.


Jeremy K. September 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm

Hopefully she’ll start by firing Code Enforcement personnel for allowing the city to be littered by Thunder/Riley/The City Sued Me bullshit in the public right of way everywhere.

jonathan e wickham September 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

you need to give rental assistance to someone who receives a quarter of a million dollars salary? SHAME!

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