Doug Schulz

The city of Banning has officially cleared the way for its next city manager to begin work as of Oct. 8.

Aside from semantics of determining that the council, as opposed to the mayor alone, can agree to alterations to the terms of the city manager’s employment, the council unanimously approved a contract for city manager-to-be Doug Schulz of Bainbridge Island, Wash.

He was offered the job in August, having bested three finalists that included current interim city manager Rochelle Clayton.

Schulz, 55, has been city manager of Bainbridge Island for the past six years.

According to Banning’s mayor George Moyer, Schulz will be moving to Banning with his wife Lisa on Sept. 30; the city agreed to let him start work on Oct. 8 so that he could spend time with his son Tanner, who is getting married in San Diego shortly after Schulz arrives in California.

Schulz has two other adult children.

The city has agreed to pay Schulz $210,048.85 and an advance of 80 hours of vacation time.

If the city terminates his employment “early” without cause, Schulz will be entitled to six months of salary, as well as insurance for himself and his dependents.

Schulz will be taking on the task of running a city slightly larger than Bainbridge Island, whose population was 24,522 as of July 2017, whereas Banning’s population was slightly over 31,000.

He previously served as a city manager for Normandy Park, Wash. for six years, and 10 years as city manager of Medina, Wash.

He discovered Banning’s open city manager position, which had been left vacant by the resignation of former police chief and interim city manager Alex Diaz, in an International City Management Association newsletter.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration and a master’s degree in urban and regional studies from Minnesota State Univesrity.

Schulz previously told the Record Gazette, “I’m aware of the financial, organizational and legal struggles facing Banning. I believe my background and experience can help provide the leadership and management needed … Banning is uniquely situated in an area that can access four metropolitan areas, and the cost of living is still reasonable compared to many parts of California,” he said. “This presents many opportunities and challenges. I believe every challenge presents an opportunity to think Banning can become a fantastic place to live and work.”

Staff Writer David James Heiss may be reached at dheiss@recordgazette.net , or by calling (951) 849-4586 x114.

Staff Writer David James Heiss may be reached at dheiss@recordgazette.net , or by calling (951) 849-4586 x114.

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