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File #: 2021-0574   
Type: Regular Calendar Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/19/2021 In control: Human Resources
On agenda: 6/8/2021 Final action:
Title: Department Head Interim Extra-Help Personal Services Agreement - Executive Director Community Development Commission
Department or Agency Name(s): County Administrator, Human Resources
Attachments: 1. Summary Report, 2. Kiff, David Personal Services Agreement
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To: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Board of Commissioners of the Community Development Commission

Department or Agency Name(s): County Administrator, Human Resources

Staff Name and Phone Number: Sheryl Bratton, 565-3578 Christina Cramer, 565-2988

Vote Requirement: Majority

Supervisorial District(s): Countywide




Department Head Interim Extra-Help Personal Services Agreement - Executive Director Community Development Commission



Recommended Action:

Recommended action

Authorize the County Administrator to execute an Individual Agreement for Extra-Help Personal Services with David Kiff as Interim Executive Director Sonoma County Community Development Commission, with the term of the agreement commencing July 1, 2021 and continuing until terminated by either party, with an hourly salary at the “I” step.




Executive Summary:

This report and accompanying agreement appoints David Kiff as the Interim Executive Director Sonoma County Community Development Commission effective July 1, 2021.  Salary and benefits provided to County department and agency heads must be considered by the Board of Supervisors at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Further, an oral summary of the salary and benefits recommended action must be presented at the meeting where the final Board action is taken.  (California Government code §54953, 54956)



The Community Development Commission (CDC) has been under the Department of Health Services since January 2020, and the Director of Health Services has been acting in a dual role of Community Development Commission Executive Director.  With the recent resignation of the Health Services Director, the reporting and leadership status needed to be addressed. Additionally, a recent organizational report completed by KPMG laid out several options for the future structure of the CDC and staff have been directed by the Commission to evaluate these options and make recommendations.  Given this situation, the Sonoma County Development Commission desires to have the CDC be overseen during this evaluation period by the County Administrator.  The Commission has also delegated authority to the County Administrator to appoint an interim CDC executive director. 


David Kiff has 30 years’ experience in State and local government, where he worked for the State Senate’s Local Government Committee, the County of Orange as a Board staffer, and the cities of Orange and Newport Beach.  Mr. Kiff was with Newport Beach for almost 20 years, serving as its city manager for his last nine years.   Under Mr. Kiff’s leadership, the city of Newport Beach approved the city’s first permanent supportive housing project for chronically homeless veterans. Mr. Kiff was also the president of the Orange County City Managers Association and for four years was a member of the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness. He later served as Interim City Manager of Huntington Beach, Healdsburg, and currently Sonoma.

Mr. Kiff earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento, and earned a Master of Government Administration Degree from University of Pennsylvania. 

The personal services agreement with David Kiff appoints him as an extra-help employee with an expected work schedule of 30 hours per week minimum, paid hourly at the “I” step of the salary range, which is currently $92.56/hour.  The effective term will start July 1, 2021.  Mr. Kiff will receive only those benefits mandated in the County’s Salary Resolution 95-0926 or those required by law for his employment status.


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Narrative Explanation of Fiscal Impacts:

Ongoing annualized salary and benefit costs associated with this position has been incorporated into the Community Development Commission’s budget. This action does not increase any budget appropriations.


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Individual Agreement for Extra Help Personal Services - David Kiff


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