OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland had to only look across its border to find its next city administrator as Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the hiring of Emeryville City Manager Sabrina Landreth late Friday.
Landreth is a native of Oakland and Cal graduate. She also served as Oakland’s assistant city administrator budget director under former Mayor Jean Quan before she was selected to lead Emeryville’s city government in 2013.
The Oakland City Council must also confirm Landreth’s appointment. Her starting date is not know, according to the city, but based upon Emeryvile finding a replacement for Landreth, although, no later than July.
“This is the single most important decision I will make as mayor,” said Schaaf. “Restoring stability to the City Administrator’s Office is vital to achieving sustainability in Oakland. Given the importance of this role, we were committed to conducting a robust search of top-notch professionals to identify a candidate that would bring competence, integrity and energy to City Hall – Sabrina is that person.”
Landreth follows two interim city administrators following Deanna Santana’s resignation in March 2014.
A number of potentially daunting issues will confront Landreth from outset, including negotiations with city employee unions, reconciling a nearly $30 million budget shortfall before the end of June and continuing the city’s on-going reforms at the Oakland Police Department.