In much needed lighter news, the City of Alameda is doing its job to “buy Alameda” and have hired Alameda resident, Liz Warmerdam as the Assistant City Manager after the departure of Lisa Goldman.
She is a West End (yay!) resident and started her public service career in Alameda and most recently she has served in Hercules, CA and managed to weather the storm of allegations of corruption and graft there.
From an article about her in the Contra Costa Times:
In 2008 and 2009, as a planning consultant for Hercules, Warmerdam was project manager for the 2009 Updated Redevelopment Plan. She also did entitlement work for the Sycamore Crossing project and handled the environmental impact report for the Hercules Bayfront project. She went back on the city’s employee payroll in late 2010, when then-interim City Manager Charlie Long appointed her finance director. In July 2011, Warmerdam became interim city manager, succeeding then-interim City Manager Fred Deltorchio, who resigned.
Duran began as city manager in October 2011; he appointed Warmerdam deputy city manager shortly after.
Most top Hercules officials from the Sakamoto and Oliva eras have left. In an interview with this newspaper Monday, Warmerdam attributed the fact that she survived unscathed through the tumult to “one word: integrity.”
“And perseverance,” she added.
“People trusted me,” she said. “I didn’t pull any punches. I told people what I thought. I was honest. I have a pretty good work ethic.”
It was sad to lose Lisa Goldman, but it will be exciting to see an Alamedan in such a key position.