Pleasanton Council raises City Manager Fialho's salary by 5%

First raise since 2007 when city wages were frozen due to recession

Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho has been awarded a 5% salary increase, raising his annual pay to $206,877 from $197,026.

It's his first raise since 2007 when Fialho's salary, along with all city employees saw their wages frozen due to the recession.

The raise, given by the City Council, includes a $400 monthly car allowance and five additional vacation days, raising the allowance from 4 weeks to five annually.

The salary increase takers effect Aug. 1 and follows a performance review by members of the City Council June 22.

A recent survey of city manager compensation in the Tri-Valley showed Fialho was the lowest paid, earning $16,419 a month. City managers in San Ramon at the time of the survey were earning $20,476 in San Ramon, $19,064 in Dublin, and $18,323 in Livermore.

Fialho moved with his family to Pleasanton in 1996 when he accepted a position as deputy city manager. Previously, he held administrative positions with the cities of Hayward, San Dimas and Campbell.

After a nationwide search, the Pleasanton City Council selected him to be City Manager in October 2004, making him the state's youngest city manager at the time.

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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Jul 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

Nelson Fialho has done a tremendous job with handling the finances of our city, especially during the recent recession years we went through. I had the privilege of serving on one of the cities commission's for 5 years and hearing his comments concerning financial matters a lot. He seemed well educated and informed of the consequences that were often discussed. He should be compensated for his job in the same range as other cities of our size.

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Posted by Scott Walash
a resident of California Reflections
on Jul 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

Works non stop for the City's interests. Well worth the money. Has to work with many over-inflated egos. Not paid as much as his counterparts in other cities.

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Posted by Helen
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Mr. Fialho is an invaluable asset. He has the ability to get the city organization to work smoothly for its citizens. I have found his assistance over the years to be exceptional. In my opinion he has probably save the city more than his salary. We are most fortunate to have him as our city Manager.

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Posted by Nelson
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Jul 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

He looks honest: Web Link

6 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm


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Posted by jason
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 29, 2015 at 1:21 am

That's only a very modest raise considering how long the position has gone without one.

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Posted by Show me the money
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

I'll wait to applaud his "well deserved raise" until after I see the contract. Me thinks it will be a nice bit over the "modest" 5% when all is said and done.

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Posted by Dave Walden
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Dave Walden is a registered user.

Nelson is one of a kind. I remember when Deborah left and Nelson had to really jump through hoops to get up to speed because as Assistant City Manager he only "really" knew half the picture. I admire him for the short time it took to be the best one could be. Nelson is very special in my eyes because he always makes anyone he is talking to feel very special.

Good job Nelson - you deserve everything you are honored with.

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Posted by Stacey Bloom
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 29, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Interesting-must be the reason why I always see a vehicle with personalize plates "FIALHO" digging thru trash cans looking for aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

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