New Man at the Helm

Former Assistant City Manager Bob Johnson was promoted to City Manager and is now the highest-ranking city employee.


Former Assistant City Manager Bob Johnson sat in the city manager's seat for the first time Tuesday during a meeting at the .

He was promoted to city manager after Shawn Nelson resigned late last year. To read about his resignation, .

Johnson held a high-level position with the county of government before coming to Temecula. To read more about him, .

He will be annually, which is about $100,000 less than the man he is replacing. To read about last year's best-paid city employees,

Murrieta Momma January 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
congrats Mr. Johnson!
G-monkey January 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
What justifies a city manager making 210k? Come on, that's ridiculous !
TVOR January 15, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Bob will do an outstanding job for our citizens. An excellent choice.
KB January 15, 2012 at 07:01 PM
There isn't a justification - it should be criminal. Wake up Temecula.
KB January 15, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Term limits for the Temecula City Council: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRaO-a-I6l8
KB January 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
My understanding is that based on the city manager's contract, it is likely that the new city manager will make considerably more than 210k (which is insane to begin with...).
temeculan January 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Government and Environmental Extortion - the only growth industries left in the United States of Decline. Why do you think he's grinning from ear to ear?
Popeye January 15, 2012 at 08:09 PM
What's wrong with 200k a year? That's a demotion in salary...I wouldn't take the job for that low salary.
KB January 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
The median income of Temecula residents is $29,086, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Like most gov't in California, the City of Temecula needs to be reigned in, and term limits is a great place to start to end the abuses (excessive salaries/compensation - it's to late to do anything about the new city palace unfortunately).
Popeye January 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM
The median income for Temecula is close to 90k a year...The average income is 100k...I could not afford my 800 a month property tax for your averages. I found those figures above at various websites...If the person is doing a bad job, vote them out. No need for term limits..
temeculan January 16, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hey Popeye....Explain to us "little people" again what a city manager does and why they need to make twice as much as (the median) "us" and why "gov't" folks get to have a PENSION FOR LIFE - when most of us have to work (for less) and save for our entire lives for retirement. Oh, and one more thing, can we vote you out too?
TVOR January 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM
For once I agree with popeye, we don't need term limits. If someone is not doing a good job then vote them out. Term limits reduce the experience of the leadership. If people get involved in voting for their leaders there will be no need for limits.
KB January 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Not according to the census bureau - there is no way the average income is 100k in Temecula. Household income is estimated at 76k. There is a need for term limits, the idea of voting someone out does not work in reality once they become an entrenched power. Many, many political positions have term limits - and there are good reasons for it. TEMECULA NEEDS TERM LIMITS.
KB January 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM
"The nation's Founders strongly believed in rotation in office. They left term limits out of the Constitution because they did not foresee that politics would become a career for so many people. Short term limits would remedy that mistake. Nothing is more important today than reversing the pernicious rise of a professional political class."
temeculan January 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Actually, Mr Johnson, like all city managers (according to Wikipedia) was appointed. Term Limits has nothing to do with this job. It also appears that Bob Johnson is highly qualified with vast experience and probably deserves the 200 big ones. Wikipedia goes on to explain that City Managers started around 1908 as a way to depoliticize the management of a city. So let me get this straight – Politicians have to hire professional managers to do their job because they’re too “Political”? And, we have to pay for it? Oh brother. OK…I like term limits too!
TVOR January 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
In our city the mayor does not perform the day to day functions of running the city. The mayor is, in effect, merely another city council member who is given the title. This is a very affluent city and it takes a great deal of experience to run it. This man is a highly qualified manager who will earn every bit of his salary with outstanding service to our city.
KB January 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
"This is a very affluent city" Based on what? Rancho Santa Fe is a very affluent area. Bel Air is a very affluent area. Temecula (aka Rednecula) is not a "very affluent" area. I'm sure the mayor could handle the job - let them earn their money for a change.
Popeye January 17, 2012 at 05:07 AM


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something