Lincoln to appoint new city manager

Jerry Johnson to retire in May
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Mayor Primo Santini announced on Friday that James D. Estep will become Lincoln's new city manager. The Lincoln City Council will officially appoint Estep on March 11 at a regularly scheduled meeting. Estep, 50, will replace current city manager Jerry Johnson, who will retire May 1 after nearly seven years with the city and 40 years in public service. Estep will begin work April 28 and assume full responsibility of the position the day Johnson retires. Since 2006, Estep has served as interim city manager and assistant city manager of Elk Grove. Prior to that position, he worked as assistant city manager for Folsom and San Ramon. Along with his recommendations and enthusiasm, it was Estep's sense of the Lincoln community that set him apart from a pool of qualified candidates, Santini said. He demonstrated a good understanding and knowledge of the city of Lincoln, Santini said. Lincoln has a heritage and a feel and we want to grow in a way that enhances that feeling. Estep had another desired quality, Santini said. He demonstrated the ability to manage Lincoln not just on a citywide scale, but at a larger regional level “ particularly important as Lincoln moves forward with its 2050 general plan update. None of this planning is going on in a vacuum, Santini said. Important issues like transportation, clean air, and water are all regional. Jim (Estep) has experience with some other cities in the region, and I think he'll be able to hit the ground running. Estep received his bachelor's degree in horticulture and master's degree in business administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He will be paid an annual salary of $197,000.