Alameda loses another top official to a neighboring city

Alameda Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam is moving to San Leandro City Hall for the same position, it was announced Monday.

Warmerdam will take over the position left open following the elevation of Jeff Kay to San Leandro city manager last summer. She begins her new job on Feb. 1, the city announced. Warmerdam, picutred below, was chosen over 80 applicants, according to the city.warmerdam liz

“San Leandro is a dynamic and diverse community with exciting opportunities on the horizon. I am looking forward to working with the City Council, community and professional staff to accomplish the community’s priorities,” said Warmerdam, in a statement, while offering thanks to Alameda’s city staff and new council.

Warmerdam is the second high-level member of Alameda’s city staff to leave for a neighboring East Bay city in recent months.

Jennifer Ott, the former chief operating officer for Alameda Point reuse development project, left for Hayward last August to become its deputy city manager. Both moves have occurred during the council’s long search for a permanent city manager.

Alameda is also in the midst of searching for a new city attorney after the retirement last month of Janet Kern.

Warmerdam first came to Alameda in 2013 and twice briefly served as interim city manager following the exit of former city manager John Russo to Riverside in 2015 and after the tumultuous parting ways last May of Jill Keimach. Previous to Alameda, Warmerdam served as assistant city manager in Hercules.

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