Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth told city staff Wednesday that she plans to step down, effective next March.

Oakland beatLandreth was tabbed as city administrator by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in 2015 after serving as city manager in neighboring Emeryville.

In the years since, Landreth dealt with continuing budget uncertainty in Oakland. She also faced significant push back from some members of the Oakland City Council and the often highly-vociferous City Hall watchers.

In addition, turmoil at the Oakland Police Department temporarily made Landreth the acting chief of police during the Celeste Guap sexual misconduct scandal.

Landreth’s surprise decision to leave Oakland followed an email sent last week to the city council in which she called them “complicit” with a resident who called one of her assistants a “murderer.” The community activist later grabbed his arm during a committee hearing earlier this month. Landreth believed the councilmembers at the meeting did little to protect the city employee.