Former St. Helena City Manager Mary Neilan has been hired as city manager for the Marin County community of Belvedere.
According to the Marin Independent Journal, Neilan had been working as a temporary human resources director in Vallejo. She officially joined the city of Belvedere on Tuesday.
Neilan was St. Helena’s city manager for 20 months until the City Council fired her without cause in March 2011. A confidentiality clause barred both parties from saying anything negative about each other, leaving the reasons for her departure unclear.
Neilan shed some light on the situation during an interview with the Marin Independent Journal when she said she left due to a mismatch in personalities after two new councilmembers were elected — apparently a reference to Ann Nevero and Peter White, who were elected in November 2010.
“I interpreted it as simply a question of differences in approach to the job, their decision to change leadership and look for a different city manager,” Neilan told the Marin Independent Journal. “It happens. It’s a sensitive relationship that develops between manager and council and it’s important that that remain strong.”
Neilan will earn a salary of $180,000 in Belvedere, higher than her $155,000 salary in St. Helena.
Belvedere is a wealthy community on the Tiburon Peninsula with a population of 2,090.