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.
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.