Alameda Hires New City Manager
The City of Alameda has selected its next chief executive. Eric J. Levitt, who has served as Simi Valley’s city manager for the past six years, will assume the post on April 12 at annual salary of $219,000 plus benefits. Alameda’s City Council voted to hire Levitt on Feb. 19. A total of 29 people had applied for the position.
According to a city press release, Levitt has more than 18 years of experience in city management. He previously held the same position in Janesville, Wisconsin (2008-2013) and Sedona, Arizona (2001 to 2008).
Alameda has been without a permanent city manager since the highly controversial resignation of Jill Keimach. Keimach had accused city leaders of illegally interfering with the hiring of the city’s fire chief, sparking an independent investigation. That probe revealed that she had secretly recorded members of the city council, which resulted in her being placed on leave. A district attorney’s investigation later concluded that Keimach’s recordings did not violate the law.
David Rudat has held the interim city manager’s position since August.