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Posted on: September 27, 2018

City Council Appoints New City Manager

October 3, 2018 - The Half Moon Bay City Council appointed Mr. Robert Nisbet as the new City Manager, at its regular meeting of October 2, 2018. Mr. Nisbet began work on October 29.

For Immediate Release
October 3, 2018

Contact: Deborah Penrose, Mayor

Half Moon Bay City Council to Consider Appointment of New City Manager

Half Moon Bay – The Half Moon Bay City Council appointed Mr. Robert Nisbet as the new City Manager at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Mr. Nisbet previously worked as an Assistant General Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District, the largest regional parks district in the country. Prior to that, he directed the General Services Department for the County of Santa Barbara and served as Public Works Director for the City of Carpinteria.

Mayor Deborah Penrose noted that, “The City conducted an extensive recruitment effort and interviewed a number of well-qualified applicants. Mr. Nisbet provides a broad range of experience working for city and county government on the California coast, as well as a regional parks district that manages parklands and trails for Bay Area residents. He is ideally equipped to lead the organization and serve the needs of our diverse community.”

Mr. Nisbet stated, “Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo coast is one of the Bay Area’s most desirable places to live and work. I truly look forward to getting to know the community and working with the Council and the City’s strong leadership team.”

Nisbet’s appointment provides for a short overlap with outgoing Interim City Manager David Boesch, when Mr. Nisbet takes over the position on October 29, 2018.

Nisbet’s appointment comes following a nationwide search which received more than 50 applicants, all of whom were seasoned government professionals, including several from in and around the Bay Area. The City Council held an open forum in June to allow input from the community on their hopes and expectations for the ideal candidate. City staff also provided input throughout the recruitment process. After interviews, reference checks, and background reviews, Mr. Nisbet was selected for presentation as the next City Manager.

Nisbet will receive a base salary of $215,000 per year and will also receive a one-time $10,000 relocation allowance, an auto allowance of $500 per month, an $8,500 annual contribution to a 457-retirement plan, and regular City health and CalPERS retirement benefits.

The City Manager serves as the chief executive for the organization, reporting directly to the City Council. All City staff, except the City Attorney, report directly or indirectly through the City Manager.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic Downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is

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