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Reports: John Russo selected as Alameda City Manager

on March 29, 2011

Local publications including The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Matier & Ross column and Alameda’s The Island are reporting that Oakland City Attorney John Russo has been selected as Alameda’s new city manager. According to both publications, although Russo is the city’s choice, the hiring process is not yet complete and the city has not officially announced its decision.

Alex Katz, spokesman for the Oakland City Attorney’s Office, declined to comment, and said that he is not sure when an official decision will be made by the city of Alameda.

Alameda Acting City Manger Lisa Goldman declined to comment, but said that there will be a closed session meeting of the Alameda City Council tonight at which the council may or may not make an announcement regarding the position.

In late February, several local publications reported that Russo was among three finalists for Alameda’s city manager position. At that time, Russo’s office declined to make any announcements about the reports or his future with the city of Oakland.

Alameda officials told Oakland North that more than 65 people applied for the city manager. The Alameda City Council interviewed six candidates, unanimously selected three finalists during a closed-door session on February 19, and planned to make a final decision after the candidates were reviewed by three advisory boards.

Oakland North will continue to follow this story.


  1. TheSkylineHighSenior on March 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    At least he will be in a city that will support him. I wish him the best of luck wherever he goes. Hopefully Oakland’s next city attorney will be someone that will take a hard as well as smart stance in prosecuting criminals.

  2. […] then again to three finalists. In late March, Oakland North and other publications reported that Russo had been selected as Alameda’s City Manager, although no official word was released by either Russo’s office or Alameda city officials during […]

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