David Wilson, the current West Hollywood Assistant City Manager, has been confirmed as the new City Manager. He succeeds the current City Manager, Paul Arevalo, who announced his retirement earlier this year. West Hollywood City Council approved an initial 30-month contract with two 1-year options to renew for Wilson.
Wilson will be the first African-American City Manager in West Hollywood history. David earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and received his Masters degree in Planning from the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC.
David has worked his way up the ladder at West Hollywood City Hall.
Prior to becoming the Assistant City Manager, he was the Director of Finance. He also serves as the city’s Chief Risk Manager. Before that, he served as the City’s Budget and Compensation Manager, and he has been part of West Hollywood City Hall for over 18 years.
Current City Manager Paul Arevalo will assume his Zoom chair at the June 21st meeting for his last city council meeting. He will continue to work through the expiration of his contract on July 7, at which point David Wilson will become the official City Manager.
The initial contract approved unanimously by the City Council is for a 30-month term with two 12-month renewals options on Jan. 7, 2024, and Jan. 7, 2025.
His base salary is $329,250 through Jan. 7, 2023, and then adjusted to $345,712.50, with further adjustments on Jan. 7, 2024, to $362,998.13, and on Jan. 7, 2025 to $381,148.03. In addition there is Deferred Compensation of 5 percent of the base salary, auto and business reimbursement of $250 per month, and $100 per month for technology/cellphone offset.
The $250 per month and $100 cell expense are identical to Mr. Wilson’s current benefit package. His other benefits remain unchanged but include his healthcare package, current sick days, vacation time, severance as allowed, or contributions to the PERS, Public Employee Retirement System.
In choosing Mr. Wilson to be the full-time City Manager the City Council opted to close what could have been an extensive hiring process. No other candidates were considered.