Oakland Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben had a verbal agreement to take a similar position with the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, the government body that runs Levi’s Stadium. However, the Coliseum JPA Board of Commissioners on Friday morning offered a deal he could not refuse.
“They board offered me a generous deal this morning and I accepted,” said McKibben. “They need help,” he later commented of the JPA, which is struggling with an uncertain future following the departure in a few years of the Raiders and the Athletics, who announced a desire to build a ballpark in downtown Oakland.
The terms of McKibben’s extension include a guaranteed three-year contract paying him $300,000 a year, along with a $500 a month car allowance. The Coliseum JPA is made up Oakland city officials, Alameda County supervisors and their appointees. The board oversees the taxpayer-funded operations at the Coliseum and Oracle Arena.
Word of McKibben’s departure to the Santa Clara Stadium Authority appeared a sure thing. Prior to Friday’s meeting, two JPA commissioners expressed certainty that McKibben was moving on. So did the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. Minutes from the most recent authority meeting includes a reference to forwarding an issue to McKibben.
Prior to be named Coliseum JPA executive director in February 2015, McKibben oversaw operations of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Before that, he was publisher of the ANG Newspapers, which included the Oakland Tribune.