Oakland Assistant City Manager Christine Daniel selected to fill Emeryville City Manager Role

Published On August 6, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Local Government, News & Commentary

The City of Emeryville made the announcement today that current Oakland Assistant City Manager Christine Daniel has been selected as our city’s new City Manager. The selection process took three months and a pool of thirty applicants were said to be considered for the role.

Daniel’s current role with Oakland is under former Emeryville City Manager Sabrina Landreth who serves as Oakland’s City Administrator. Daniel’s role as assistant city manager had her oversee the City of Oakland’s Public Works, Transportation, Housing & Community Development, and Human Services Departments. She was also responsible for coordinating citywide homeless services and programs including encampment management.

Daniel is also the former City Manager of Berkeley where she worked for 15 years including three as their top administrator. Furthering Daniel’s East Bay credentials are three years as Fremont’s Deputy City Manager. Daniel’s education background includes a Bachelor’s degree at Mills College and a Doctorate in Law at U.C. Davis.


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Daniel, it appears, was well respected during her tenure with Berkeley with one “high-level City employee” declaring her “the best boss I’ve ever had in my life” in this 2015 Berkeleyside.com OP-ED. The article speculated that Daniel resigned because of a “very serious and growing problem within [Berkeley’s] government”. Daniel’s fiscal savviness will be put to the test as unfunded pension liabilities are projected to continue to erode ours and other city’s general funds that are used to pay for city services.

“Christine Daniel brings the right combination of experience, skills and ideas to Emeryville,” noted current Emeryville Mayor John Bauters in a press release. “Christine’s experience with [the] issues that matter most to Emeryville residents and businesses stood out.”

Our Council will vote to appoint Daniel to the role at its September 4th meeting. If approved, she would begin her new role in early October assuming the position currently held by interim City Manager Jim Holgersson. She will be paid an annual salary of $221,448.

Read the City’s Press Release on Emeryville.org.

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

7 Responses to Oakland Assistant City Manager Christine Daniel selected to fill Emeryville City Manager Role

  1. Betty Tyler says:

    She’s done quite a job with Oakland’s homelessness problem.

    • Anonymous says:

      Is her position in control of dealing with the homeless problem? A quick search looks horrendous:

      From SFGate

      The survey was part of a county-wide effort in which 345 volunteers counted 5,629 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in all of Alameda County on the morning of Jan. 30. The number reflected a 39 percent increase from 2015, when 4,040 homeless people were counted in Alameda County.

  2. Anonymous says:

    $221,000?

    What does any City Manager – past or prospective have to show for this much money?

    • Anonymous says:

      This is her past salaries from various public employee positions:

      Regular pay Overtime pay Other pay Total pay Benefits Total

      Assistant City Administrator-Oakland, 2017
      $239,776.25 $0.00 $7,898.34 $247,674.59 $96,639.85 $344,314.44

      CITY MANAGER-Berkeley, 2012
      $224,999.84 $0.00 $0.00 $224,999.84 $101,116.61 $326,116.45

      Assistant City Administrator-Oakland, 2016
      $232,842.40 $0.00 $4,200.00 $237,042.40 $88,609.25 $325,651.65

      CITY MANAGER-Berkeley, 2014
      $224,999.84 $0.00 $0.00 $224,999.84 $80,351.60 $305,351.44

      CITY MANAGER-Berkeley, 2013
      $224,999.84 $0.00 $0.00 $224,999.84 $76,802.03 $301,801.87

      CITY MANAGER-Berkeley, 2011
      $199,158.32 $0.00 -$542.37 $198,615.95 $87,404.41 $286,020.36

      CITY MANAGER-Berkeley, 2015
      $134,134.50 $0.00 $58,509.69 $192,644.19 $48,321.03 $240,965.22

      You have to wonder why the city is going broke…

    • Anonymous says:

      Obscene. Ludicrous. Outrageous.

      Where is the oversight? Where are the people whose job it is to reign in this plundering of the taxpayer?

      Where is the integrity of the staff to say “I can’t look at myself in the mirror ripping the taxpayer off this way?”

  3. Anonymous says:

    All of city staff is grossly overpaid. I imagine that’s just salary as well. Full compensation package is probably cringeworthy.

    There is nothing like government salaries to remind us that capitalism is the worst system except all the others.

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