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Mayor names Robert Bobb as new city administrator
(Published September 8, 2003)

Mayor Anthony A. Williams has named the former city manager of Oakland, Calif., to take over as city administrator when John Koskinen retires on Sept. 12.

While Robert C. Bobbís appointment to the job does not require D.C. City Council confirmation, the council must approve the $185,000 annual salary the mayor has promised his new hire because it exceeds the cityís cap for executive salaries.

Bobb, 58, was paid $224,000 a year in Oakland before being forced out of that job earlier this year in a dispute with Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. Koskinenís annual salary is $135,000.

At least one council member, Ward 4ís Adrian Fenty, has voiced opposition to Bobbís high salary.

Bobb comes to the District, where he will begin work in October, with more than 25 years of executive management experience in both the public and private sectors. He became Oak-landís city manager in 1997 and spent 11 years before that as city manager of Richmond, Va. He previously served as city manager of Santa Ana, Calif., and Kalamazoo, Mich.

Bobb currently is president of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, a member of the International City Management Association and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He serves on the board of directors for the Bay Area Economic Forum, Chabot Space & Science Center, and the Children's Hospital of Oakland Foundation.

Bobb earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Grambling State University in Louisiana and a master of science degree in business from Western Michigan University. He also completed the certificate program for senior executives in state and local governments from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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