Petaluma city manager gets extension to 2019

Petaluma's top administrator will be sticking around for a while.

The Petaluma City Council Monday night approved an amended contract for City Manager John Brown to remain on the job through June 2019.

The unanimous vote of approval comes in stark contrast to the vote that brought Brown into town in 2008, when a sharply divided council voted 4-3 to hire him.

Councilwoman Teresa Barrett, who voted against hiring Brown then, said Brown convinced her he was the right man for the job.

"He has done, I think, an excellent job in guiding the city through some hard times and some difficult decisions," she said, adding that those times probably aren't over. "I'm very confident going forward with John Brown as our city manager."

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