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Walnut Creek hires San Rafael's city manager for $220,000

Ken Nordhoff, 49, to succeed Gary Pokorny, who is retiring

The appointment of a new city manager was announced Friday by Walnut Creek Mayor Sue Rainey.

Ken Nordhoff will become Walnut Creek's eighth city manager when he takes office on December 1.

Nordhoff succeeds Gary Pokorny, who is retiring after four years in the position and 10 years of working with the city.

"It's very sad to be saying goodbye to Gary, but Walnut Creek is in a very fortunate position. We had top candidates," Rainey said in a statement.

Nordhoff, 49, has been the San Rafael city manager since 2005 and worked for that city since 1996.

"Ken is extremely personable and has an excellent history, including a wealth of experience in economic development," Rainey said.

Nordhoff will earn an annual salary of $220,000, including a moving allowance of up to $6,000 and a housing assistance loan of up to $400,000 for purchase of a home in Walnut Creek.

The Walnut Creek City Council is expected to approve the employment contract at its meeting on Tuesday.

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