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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Council Reviews City Manager’s Extension

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu City Council, at its meeting next week, is poised to approve a three-year contact extension with City Manager Jim Thorsen.
The council undertook an evaluation of Thorsen's job performance in a closed session on May 28 and instructed the assistant city attorney, presumably City Attorney Christi Hogin was not available, to negotiate the extension of the contract with the city manager.
The new agreement would retain all the terms and conditions of the current agreement, add language required by recent legislation and extend the contract term to May 11, 2016.
Assembly Bill 1344 requires language in the contract that the city provides paid leave to the employee pending an investigation and provide funds for legal criminal defense of the employee and/or a cash settlement to the employee related to the termination of the employee.
The employee shall fully reimburse the city for any and all amounts paid by the city, in the event that the employee is convicted of a crime involving the abuse of his office or position.
Thorsen was hired by Malibu in 2006. He came from Agoura Hills where he was assistant city manager for two years after previously serving as public works director. He had worked for Agoura Hills since 1997. Prior to that Thorsen worked in public works and engineering for the City of Simi Valley for 10 years.
Though he had no city manager experience when he came to Malibu, Thorsen told the local media although he had never been in the position he was ready for the challenge and added his 20 plus years of experience gave him solid footing for the top position in municipal government.
He started in Malibu at $156,000 per year and was making about $250,000 after his last contact three years ago.

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