Alameda names new city manager

Alameda has named Eric Levitt as its new city manager, it was announced Tuesday. Levitt comes to Alameda with 25 years experience in municipal government. He served as city manager in Simi Valley, Calif. since 2013, and previously in Sedona, Ariz. and Janesville, Wis, starting in 2001.

Levitt’s contract, to be formally approved at the Feb. 19 council meeting, calls for him to earn an annual salary of $259,000, in addition, to $16,000 in relocation allowances. Levitt takes over at City Hall on April 12.

“With 18 years of City Management experience, we are confident Mr. Levitt will be an effective leader to our very talented group of department heads and City staff,” Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said, in a statement.

Alameda has been without a permanent city manager since May after former city manager Jill Keimach’s contract was bought out in a deal that included a $900,000 separation agreement and ended nearly a year of controversy at City Hall.

Two other have held the position on an interim basis, Liz Warmerdam, the former assistant city manager who has since moved to work for the city of San Leandro, held the position until August before David Rudat took over.

Both were precluded from holding the job for an extended amount of time due to pension restrictions. Rudat, however, will remain interim city manager through April.

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