Fairfax chooses Tamalpais district manager for top position

Fairfax City Council has selected Heather Abrams, Executive Director of the Tamalpais Community Services District, as their city manager.

Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize a contract starting at $ 218,000 per year. Abrams will start in March, replacing interim manager Adam Politzer.

Politzer took the job after Garrett Toy, the city’s top administrator since 2013, stepped down as city manager in Sonoma. Politzer’s salary is $ 16,085 per month as a part-time employee without benefits. Toy had a salary of $ 209,000 when he left Fairfax.

Abrams, a 50-year-old resident of Alameda County, has 20 years of experience managing government operations and programs. She has been the Director General of the Tamalpais District since 2017 and previously held municipal positions in Menlo Park and El Cerrito.

Abrams graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed the Senior Executives in Local and State Government program at Harvard University and received an MA from California State University, Monterey Bay.

She is President of the Marin County Special Districts Association, sits on the Board of Directors of Women Leading Government, and is a member of the Scholarships and Events Committee of the International City / County Management Association.

She received four Beacon Spotlight Awards for sustainability from the Institute for Local Government, as well as the 2016 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award.

“Heather Abrams comes from a pretty distinguished career in local government,” Politzer told the council at its meeting Thursday.

“It was a pretty long process. We’ve had many meetings on this, ”said Councilor Bruce Ackerman. “I think it went really well and I feel good about the result.”

Mayor Stephanie Hellman said, “We are absolutely delighted to have Heather Abrams in this crucial leadership role at Fairfax. His skills and experience are exceptional and perfectly match the management of the complex and demanding needs of our community.

Abrams said the Community Service District of Tamalpais and Fairfax are similar in terms of topography and demographics.

“I have a lot to bring to Fairfax, and I hope it shows,” she said. “I am really excited and can’t wait to be a part of the Fairfax community. “

Abrams said she plans to offer a contract for a recruiting company to the Tamalpais District Board of Directors next month to start the replacement process.

The district provides municipal services to over 2,500 households in the Tam Valley. Abrams’ annual salary is $ 210,000.

Daniel E. Murphy