East Bay Express has posted an article detailing the relationship of new Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Emeryville City Manager Sabrina Landreth. Landreth did not actually apply for the Oakland City Admin job as she reportedly felt committed to helping Emeryville succeed and was still under contract until June 30th.
Schaaf ultimately decided to recruit Landreth because of their history and their similar political and managerial philosophies. “I felt honored … to have the Mayor tap you, so I answered the call”. While this is a huge loss for Emeryville, it was understood that Landreth’s loyalties remained with Oakland as a current & native resident. Landreth will need to be confirmed by Oakland City Council but this expected to be a formality.
The Women of Oakland Take Over
With Mayor Libby Schaaf’s selection of Sabrina Landreth as city administrator, the city will be run by two female Oakland natives who not only agree on the issues, but also absolutely love The Town.
New Mayor Libby Schaaf appears to have learned from that lesson. Late last week, Schaaf announced that she had selected Sabrina Landreth, who, like the mayor, is an Oakland native with an abiding affection for The Town. The whip-smart Landreth is currently Emeryville’s city manager, but she was Oakland’s budget director and an assistant city administrator during the Quan administration.
“She knows this community and she knows this organization,” Schaaf said in an interview, referring to Landreth’s experience in City Hall. “And she knows the budget. She’s someone who inspires confidence … and she’s committed to the longterm health of the city.”
Schaaf, 49, and Landreth, 39, have also been friends for years. The two served together in the Oakland City Council’s Legislative Analyst’s Office during the final years of the last decade, with Schaaf working as the chief analyst for the Community and Economic Development Committee and Landreth holding the same position with the Finance and Management Committee.
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