Seven months after being forced out as San Jose’s city manager, Ed Shikada is set to accept a permanent role as assistant city manager in Palo Alto. The council votes on the contract next week.
Ironically, it’s the same job once held by Pam Antil, whom Shikada hired away from Palo Alto early last year to serve as second-in-command at San Jose City Hall. Her arrival coincided with the city manager’s office spiraling into dysfunction.
Shikada announced his resignation before the winter break—just a year into his role as city manager and a dozen years into his overall tenure at City Hall. The announcement came as San Jose’s mayor-elect Sam Liccardo reportedly pushed in closed session meetings to have him fired.
With six months still left in his contract, Shikada stepped down with $125,000 in severance pay. He joined Palo Alto on an interim basis in April.
Before losing his executive powers in San Jose, and without informing the mayor or council, Shikada fired deputy city manager Alex Gurza. He also engineered Antil’s departure for a sig-figure severance package.
As part of Palo Alto’s leadership team, Shikada will make $232,000 a year.
“The city of Palo Alto is an extraordinary organization serving a world class community,” Shikada said in a prepared statement earlier this week. “Palo Alto tackles complex and difficult issues with a sophistication that reflects its stature at the center of Silicon Valley. I am grateful for this opportunity to support its continued leadership in community service innovation and quality of life.”