Interim City Manager Choice Goes Before Council July 24


The Alameda City Council has selected David Rudat as the finalist for the role of Interim City Manager. The Council will formally consider hiring Rudat at its Tuesday, July 24, meeting. Rudat will oversee the city’s operations while the Council searches for a new permanent City Manager.

Rudat has nearly 40 years of leadership and management experience in local and county government including as City Manager, Deputy County Executive Officer, Fire Chief and Public Works Director. He served as City Manager of the City of Orange, Calif., for 10 years and has served as Interim City Manager, General Manager, and as an Interim Department Head in a variety of agencies in cities throughout California such as Canyon Lake, Los Alamitos, Modesto and Stockton. 

“I am not only honored and privileged to serve the City Council in the position of Interim City Manager,” said Rudat. “I am delighted about the opportunity to assist the City Council in achieving its goals while guiding the staff to work cohesively with the City Council in serving this wonderful community.”

Early in his career, while working fulltime, Rudat earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Long Beach State University. After working for many years, he earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. 

“I’m very excited to have someone with Mr. Rudat’s academic credentials and breadth of experience to assist the City of Alameda in achieving its goals while the City Council searches for a new permanent City Manager,” said Mayor Trish Spencer. “The City Council is grateful to Assistant City Manager Elizabeth Warmerdam and city staff who have stepped up during this transition period to keep projects moving and to be responsive to our community,”

If approved on July 24, Rudat will start work on Monday, Aug. 6. In accordance with CalPERS rules, he will be paid at the same salary as the last City Manager, $123.75 per hour. As a CalPERS retiree, he is not eligible for employment benefits. It is anticipated that his tenure will end no later than Jan. 31, 2019, by which time the City Council hopes to have recruited a new City Manager.

“The hiring of Mr. Rudat as Interim City Manager will provide positive direction as we move forward,” said Mayor Spencer.