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January 12, 2016

Jill of all trades

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Over the holiday hiatus news broke that Alameda had narrowed the field to one City Manager replacement, but the news broke because the new City Manager had informed her current bosses and that made it to the papers before Alameda had the chance to announce.

On December 30 the Contra Costa Times published this short piece:

Town manager Jill Keimach is stepping down to become the city of Alameda’s top administrator.

Moraga mayor Mike Metcalf said Keimach notified him recently she had accepted the Alameda city manager position.

“We’re sorry to see her go but you can’t keep a good person down,” Metcalf said.

On December 31, the City of Alameda sent out the following press release with an apologetic statement in the body of the email:

We were waiting for the Monday afternoon deadline to issue the press release, but because of a Contra Costa Times article issued today, we are doing it early.

And here is the press release:

The Alameda City Council will consider appointing a new City Manager on January 19, 2016. Jill Keimach, the current Town Manager of Moraga, California, has agreed to become Alameda’s new City Manager.

The appointment follows a six-month recruiting process which included both community and City employee interview panels giving input to the City Council. If Ms. Keimach’s four- year employment contract is approved, she will begin on March 7, 2016 with an annual base salary of $245,000.

Ms. Keimach has over 25 years of experience in the public sector including five years as Town Manager with the Town of Moraga. Prior to her tenure in Moraga, she was the Community Development Director in the City of Fremont and in the City of El Cerrito, and was Project Manager of the Bay Trail for the Association of Bay Area Governments. Ms. Keimach has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in City Planning, both from U.C. Berkeley.

Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam has been Interim City Manager since May of 2015, when former City Manager John Russo left to become the City Manager of City of Riverside.

“It has been a true honor to work with Ms. Warmerdam,” said Mayor Trish Spencer. “She has held our community together since the departure of Mr. Russo and I am very grateful to her. I am looking forward to working with Ms. Keimach and continuing our efforts.”

Ms. Warmerdam will return to her previous duties as Assistant City Manager of the City of Alameda upon Ms. Keimach’s appointment.

Word is that the vote for the new City Manager was not unanimous.  It will be interesting to see the dynamics that unfold given that information.  I’m sure everyone will make nice the first few meetings but eventually — given the leadership — the cracks will begin to show and we should get more of the same cringeworthy entertainment.

I’ll point out that after news broke about Jill Keimach’s appointment, BART director Robert Raburn wrote a glowing endorsement of our new City Manager on his Facebook page.

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4 Comments

  1. Seems like a good choice.

    Comment by frank m — January 12, 2016 @ 7:54 am

  2. Under Jill’s administration, Moraga lost a lawsuit on a voter referendum. http://web.nmgovlaw.com/news/nielsen-merksamer-wins-lawsuit-to-invalidate-anti-development-referendum-in-town-of-moraga-election-law/

    She may fit right with the overturning of Measure A. Even Russo and staff didn’t want to touch that lightening rod and found a work-around with the density bonus ordinance.

    Comment by Chuck — January 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

  3. was not unanimous

    Oddie, I’d bet, the only non-cal on the council.

    Comment by jack — January 12, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

  4. Actually it was Trish Spencer, apparently she’s telling everyone she voted against the new City Manager. Adjust your opinions of the new City Manager according to your Mayor Trish affection.

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 14, 2016 @ 9:06 am


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