Palo Alto has hired its first director of the new Office of Management and Budget, the latest addition to the city's expanding leadership team.
Walter Rossmann, who most recently served as assistant budget director in San Jose, will oversee the city's $460 million budget, officials announced yesterday. The Office of Management and Budget is a recently created subset of the city's Administrative Services Department, which puts Palo Alto's budget together.
The city's pool of senior managers has been growing. Earlier this year, City Manager James Keene hired the city's first chief communications officer, tapping Claudia Keith for the post. Other recent hires into newly created positions are Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental and Airport Manager Andrew J. Swanson. The city is also about to hire its first chief sustainability officer.
In addition to handling the budget, Rossmann will be in charge of the city's "performance management framework" and will "contribute to highly complex citywide initiatives and projects," according to a statement from the city.
"I am honored and delighted to serve the residents of Palo Alto in my new capacity," Rossmann said in a statement. "Palo Alto is a well-managed city, and I am looking forward to contributing towards the long-term financial health of the city."
Rossmann began his duties in mid-June with an annual salary of $172,432, according to the city's announcement. Chief Financial Officer Lalo Perez praised Rossmann's background in finances, which includes 15 years of budget experience in local governments, and called him "the right fit for our organization."
"We are delighted to have a manager with Walter's experience and credentials join the city's leadership team," Perez said in a statement.