It appears that the City Council may be ready to make a decision on who to chose as Alameda’s next City Manager. A Special Meeting scheduled for tonight will consider two agenda items:
PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT (Government Code Section 54957)
Title: City Manager
CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Government Code Section 54957.6)
Agency Designated Representatives: Mayor Marie Gilmore, Vice Mayor Rob Bonta
Unrepresented Employee: City Manager
So that people don’t attribute anything nefarious, the Mayor and Vice Mayor were on the Council subcommittee tasked with the City Manager Search which is probably why they are the agency designated representatives.
We could know as soon as tonight who will take over the City and (hopefully) what the vote to hire the next City Manager ended up as. Like a lot of people, I am really hoping that the best case scenario there is a unanimous vote on the new City Manager, but I’ll take 4 – 1 in a pinch. The City Council already sat in a meeting last Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. talking about their candidates after the three panels did the last set of interviews on Friday. The report out from that meeting was that the City Council gave direction to staff, which — if I am reading the tea leaves correctly, or in this case the closed session agenda — means that the direction was to offer one of the candidates the position of City Manager, if he/she was not scared away from Alameda after running the interview gauntlet.
Place your bets here folks on who will be the next City Manager of Alameda. Going back to my Survivor watching days when you would guess prior to watching the episode who would be voted off the Island using your Brain (logic), Heart (hope), and Gut (feeling), my Brain/Heart/Gut picks are:
- Brain: John Russo
- Heart: David Brandt
- Gut: John Russo
That’s right, I’m a Brandt booster. I thought his departure was a real blow to Alameda and think he would make a really strong City Manager for Alameda. Strong in a good way. Although I’m willing to give anyone a fair shake initially, even if the candidate isn’t my first choice. Which, clearly from my picks I think that Brandt might be more wishful thinking on my part than the front-runner.
In any case, set your alarms to 6:00 p.m.ish — maybe more like 6:30 p.m.ish given how much some of the City Council people like to talk — and tune into the City channel (15 for the uninitiated) or tune in on-line for the live feed for the inevitable report out. Or it could be that this is all a big tease and we’ll have to wait even longer for the final results.
UPDATE: Michele Ellson has tweeted that her sources have informed her that the City Manager pick is indeed John Russo. I don’t think we’ll get “official” confirmation until tonight.