Oakland City Administrator Eyeing Big D

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana is among five finalists to become Dallas’ next city manager, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The Dallas City Council announced the finalists Thursday, which also includes its current interim city manager and candidates from Raleigh, N.C. and Cincinnati. Santana is the only woman among the group, which the paper said, could later include a sixth finalist.

Santana has served as Oakland’s city administrator since August 2011. She was previously deputy city manager in San Jose. Her interest elsewhere comes as a surprise. However, her short time in Oakland has been punctuated

Deanna Santana

by clashes with some Oakland council members who have charged Santana with overreaching the office’s authority.

A brochure advertising the Dallas job stated the ideal candidate “will demonstrate a commitment to presenting the same full, unbiased, balanced information to all members of the City Council in an apolitical manner and the ability to assist the Council in reaching consensus on complex and sensitive issues.”

The 15-member Dallas City Council is twice as big as Oakland’s. Dallas Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates told The Dallas Morning News, “You have to deal with all those 15 personalities. That’s not easy. It’s probably the toughest job in Dallas.”

Categories: city manager, Dallas, Deanna Santana, finalist, Oakland, Oakland City Council

5 replies

  1. Let me offer a fond farewell in advance to Administrator Santana. She has fit well into the Oakland city hall culture of opacity and the-public-be-damned. An appropriate tool for our highly-esteemed mayor. The bottom line is that the rats that survive always leave the sinking ship.


  2. By MW:

    Concerning the post of 6:41PM that is comparing our local politicians to four legged rats, that is horrible and unforgiveable defamation against rats.


  3. She knows Quan is on her way out next year.
    The new mayor will want a new city manager.

    Santana is looking out for #1


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