San Leandro Hires New City Manager
San Leandro has chosen a replacement for top executive Chris Zapata two weeks after he signed a $350,000 separation agreement with the city. Assistant City Manager Jeff Kay, who has been serving as acting manager since last week, will now assume the city manager’s job.
"The City Council and I are thrilled to appoint Jeff Kay to serve as our next city manager," said Mayor Pauline Cutter in a statement that never mentioned Zapata’s name. "Throughout his time in San Leandro, Jeff has earned the trust of the community, our staff and the City Council. Jeff approaches public service with integrity, a strong work-ethic, and a community-oriented approach."
On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council in Orange County will consider hiring Zapata. If approved by the dais, Zapata would assume the role of city manager on August 6 at annual salary of $291,000.
Zapata’s troubles in San Leandro began after he was accused of sexual misconduct by the head of local nonprofit agency. An independent investigation later cleared Zapata of wrongdoing.