Council Scheduled to Hire New City Manager
“The Alameda City Council and I are delighted to announce that we have unanimously selected Eric J. Levitt as our new City Manager, effective April 12,” stated Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. “With 18 years of city management experience, we are confident Levitt will be an effective leader to our very talented group of department heads and city staff.”
Levitt has more than 25 years of experience working in local government and more than 18 years experience as a city manager. Levitt is relocating to Alameda from Simi Valley, Calif., where he has served as City Manager since 2013. Levitt was also City Manager for Janesville, Wisc., from 2008 to 2013 and Sedona, Ariz., from 2001 to 2008.
Alameda’s City Manager is appointed by and directly responsible to the Mayor and City Council. The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the city and provides leadership and organizational direction for the operation and management of all city departments. The City Manager implements City Council policies and ordinances, oversees city operations and appoints most city department heads.
In August 2018, the City Council appointed David Rudat as Alameda’s Interim City Manager and began a recruitment process for a permanent city manager. Rudat will continue to serve as Interim City Manager and has appointed Recreation & Parks Director Amy Wooldridge to serve as Acting Assistant City Manager.
Levitt was identified as the top candidate in a competitive recruitment process, with 29 applications received and interviews conducted with the top five candidates. Following a second interview last month, the City Council directed staff to take the action necessary to hire Levitt.
A special meeting to approve Levitt’s appointment as City Manager has been added to the Feb. 19 City Council meeting agenda. If appointed, Levitt will begin work on Friday, April 12. The proposed
City Manager hiring agreement includes:
- An annual salary of $259,000
- Relocation allowance of $16,000
- Other benefits including a contribution to deferred compensation, health insurance, leave accruals and holiday pay.