After 8 months in interim role, Elk Grove City Council selects Behrmann as city manager

Following a closed session this evening, the Elk Grove City Council announced that Jason Behrmann will be the city manager. Behrmann has been the interim city manager since last May when the city council fired Laura Gill as city manager.

Since that time, the city conducted a national recruitment that attracted 46 applicants. The field was narrowed to six finalists. 

Behrmann came to Elk Grove as assistant city manager to Gill in 2015 after working for the city of Galt for nine and a half years. During that time, he served as city manager for six of those years and began as assistant city manager. 

During their comments, the city council noted the recruitment effort and that Behrmann had to compete with other candidates. Vice Mayor Pat Hume noted he told Behrmann the job was his to lose during the selection process.

"The only way the job would not become his is if somebody that came in that outshined his performance," Hume said.  

Although the city council hired a recruiter for the search, immediately following Gill's dismissal Behrmann was given wide latitude in his decision making. Among the steps independently taken by Behrmann while he was the interim city manager was the formation of the city's office of strategic planning and innovation.  

The details of Behmann's contract with the city will be announced at the city council's January 23 meeting.

During comments following the announcement by Mayor Steve Ly, Behrmann promised to serve the council and public with honesty, integrity transparency, and professionalism. 

"Elk Grove has a bright future, there are a lot of things on the horizon for our community," he said. "I look forward to helping Elk Grove reach its potential." 

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