ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | With Alameda City Manager John Russo announcing he is taking the same position in Riverside, who will run the day-to-day operations of city government in the interim?
City Hall sources say Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam will be named Russo’s temporary replacement.
Alameda currently has two assistant city managers, but the choice of Warmerdam over her colleague, Alex Nguyen, is not controversial, say sources, because he’s believed to be heading to Riverside, along with Russo.
The move isn’t entirely surprising for Nguyen, who has made a career in public service acting as “Cato” to Russo’s “Green Hornet.” Nguyen was Russo’s trusted right hand during their time at the Oakland city attorney’s office and then in Alameda when Russo was named city manager in 2011.
Warmerdam was named Alameda assistant city manager in 2013 after serving the same role in Hercules. However, she spent time in Alameda city government in the late 1990s as a management analyst.