The Oakland Tribune reported early Friday that Oakland City Attorney John Russo is a finalist for Alameda’s city manager job. The other candidates for the job are Alameda’s former assistant city attorney, David Brandt, and Millbrae City Manager Marcia Raines, a well-placed City Hall source told The Island late Friday.
Russo, who has reportedly had rocky relations with new Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, was a contributor to Marie Gilmore’s mayoral campaign and also the city council campaign of Councilwoman Lena Tam, whose innocence he proclaimed at a fundraiser for Tam shortly after she was accused of leaking confidential information to then-Alameda Point developer SunCal and Alameda’s firefighters.
Brandt was named Redmond, Oregon’s city manager in July 2009. He had worked in Alameda since 1996, serving in the city attorney’s office before becoming assistant city manager in 2006. He has a bachelor’s in economics, a master’s in urban planning and a law degree.
Raines became city manager of Millbrae in January 2009.
The city received 65 applications for the city manager’s job and whittled the list down to six candidates, who the City Council interviewed on Saturday, coming down to three finalists. The finalists will be interviewed by a set of advisory panels before going to back to the council, which hopes to make a decision by the end of March.
The council’s decision on the finalists was unanimous, Mayor Marie Gilmore said. She refused to confirm the names of the finalists late Friday. The council is set to name five people to a community advisory panel on Tuesday.
The council voted, 3-2 on December 28 not to renew Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant’s contract and to place her on administrative leave until her contract expires, on March 31.