City Manager John Russo is leaving Alameda for Riverside, an official with that city confirmed Thursday.
Russo has been Alameda's top administrator since 2011.
Russo, a former Oakland City Council member who served as Oakland's city attorney for 11 years before coming to the Island, bested 40 other applicants, including five other finalists, for the job. He's expected to start work there on May 4.
The Contra Costa Times is reporting that Moraga Town manager Jill Keimach has accepted the position of Alameda City Manager. Moraga mayor Mike Metcalf told The Times that Keimach notified him recently she had accepted the Alameda city manager position.
In a unanimous opinion issued Friday, Nov. 13, the California Court of Appeal found the complaint filed by Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant in 2011, alleging unlawful termination, was without any merit and dismissed the lawsuit in total. The city was awarded some $250,000 in attorney’s fees and costs and will be able to recoup additional attorney’s fees from a previous defense.
After three years at Alameda’s helm City Manager John Russo said that things are going well. When he arrived here the city was still reeling from the May 30, 2011, Raymond Zack drowning. The fire department’s failure to rescue Zack polarized the community.
A few weeks ago, The Alamedan put out the call for questions to ask City Manager John Russo about the city’s plans to develop Alameda Point. We shared those questions with Russo and his team at City Hall and they sent their answers.