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Quan Launches Search for New City Administrator

Jean Quan addresses members of Allen Temple Baptist Church during an election forum on Oct. 6, 2010
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Jean Quan addresses members of Allen Temple Baptist Church during an election forum on Oct. 6, 2010
 
Oakland, a city with many challenges, seeks top candidates for six-figure job

Oakland Mayor-elect Jean Quan said the national search for a new city administrator was launched Wednesday.

Quan said she chose the Sacramento-area based firm Ralph Andersen & Associates to work with a team of current and former municipal administrators to find someone for the job.

The new city administrator will replace Dan Lindheim.

Outgoing Mayor Ron Dellums appointed him as acting city administrator on July 1, 2008, when he fired former City Administrator Deborah Edgerly, and designated Lindheim city administrator on Jan. 29, 2009.

Quan, who will be sworn in on Jan. 3, said at a briefing on Dec. 2 that Lindheim has agreed to stay until a successor is named and begins work.

She said she hopes to announce a new administrator in late January or early February.

Quan said today that Ralph Andersen & Associates will work closely with a team she selected, which includes former Oakland City Manager Henry Gardner, who recently completed eight years as the executive director of the Association of Bay Area Governments, former Berkeley City Manager Dan Boggan, Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi and San Francisco City Administrator Ed Lee.

In Oakland, the mayor hires the city administrator and the city council ratifies the mayor's choice.

Quan said in a statement that she is seeking a city administrator "who will provide executive leadership in basic city services, ethical, transparent and inclusive governance, fiscally sound management and the ability to build employee and community support for the city's goals."

According to the job posting on the firm's website, the salary range for the new city administrator is between $175,992 and $263,987 annually.

Quan said on Dec. 2 that she wants the search effort to produce "as many choices as possible" and she would choose the best match for the job.

Gardner said that recruiting city administrator candidates "won't be a problem because the best candidates will want to come to Oakland because of all the challenges we have."

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