MARTINEZ -- Mayor Rob Schroder is in no hurry to find a new city manager to replace Phil Vince, who resigned abruptly last month.
The City Council was scheduled to meet in closed session Wednesday to discuss whether to appoint an interim city manager or launch a search for Vince's successor.
Assistant City Manager Alan Shear has been acting city manager since Vince resigned Oct. 18, following the council's second closed session discussion.
"My sense is that we'll probably go with an interim. I'm not in any rush right now to find a permanent city manager," said Schroder, adding that it would be difficult to begin a candidate search during the holidays.
Although Schroder declined to talk about what prompted the resignation, he said Vince's departure hasn't been disruptive.
"It seems to me, the few times I've been in city hall and had meetings, the mood at city hall seems to be good and I'm very impressed with Alan stepping in and taking over," he said. "People seem to be doing their jobs and I don't hear any grumbling."
Vince had been town manager in Moraga for four years when the Martinez council tapped him in May 2008 to replace the retiring Don Blubaugh. Vince arrived in Martinez with a reputation for fostering economic development.
Shortly after his hiring, Vince said his five-year plan included creating vitality downtown, improving the parks, jump-starting the economy and making the marina more of a regional draw.
Martinez built a new swimming pool, remodeled the library and upgraded many parks during Vince's tenure. But he also faced serious challenges, including the housing market crash that kept property tax dollars flat for several years and helped create an $800,000 budget deficit in 2011. In addition, the city never made much progress fixing the marina or shoring up its finances.
"I've always been a big supporter of Phil's. Phil got a lot of things done for us and took us through some very difficult times," Schroder said. "As the mayor I'm grateful for everything he did while he was there."
In June 2012, the council extended Vince's contract for two years. According to data provided to this newspaper for calendar year 2012, he earned a base salary of $204,806, and Martinez paid $22,216 for his health care coverage and $37,000 for his retirement benefits.
It is unclear whether Vince will be paid for the time remaining on his contract, which expires in July 2014.
Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.