December 15, 2008

Hollister Appointed City Manager; City Settles Police Officer Lawsuit

San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos announced that Interim City Manager Stephen Hollister was appointed City Manager effective immediately at the December 15, 2008, meeting of the San Leandro City Council. The City Council also voted to settle a lawsuit by the San Leandro Police Officers Association that demanded compensation for getting into and out of their uniforms.

Hollister was appointed Interim City Manager in September 2008 when John Jermanis retired after 12 years as San Leandro's City Manager. The City Council did not consider outside candidates, although it is common for cities to hire a firm to conduct a search for a new city manager. The City Council also extended Hollister's contract to June 30, 2010. A copy of Hollister's contract will not be available until next month.

The police settlement means that a total of 20 minutes will be built in to police officers' shifts for getting into and out of their uniforms (donning and doffing). The San Leandro Police Officers Association had originally asked for a total of 30 minutes for donning and doffing. The settlement also extends the current police contract to 2010 and is estimated to cost $200,000. For more details, see the staff report.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at December 15, 2008 11:37 PM | TrackBack
Comments

I think there must be a typo. I feel certain you meant to type
"annointed" rather than "appointed"... Particularly nice that the contract isn't available in advance, or even after the fact!

Did the city council consider ANY other candidates? Internal or external?

Posted by: Tim Holmes at December 16, 2008 3:50 PM

Tim,

And what's worse is that the city continues to pay Jerkmanis a quarter million dollar per year "consulting" fee, so he's still the "real" HDIC (Head Dumbass in Charge); Hollister's title should be "Lapdog-in-Waiting.." I'm sure this is why the city didn't pursue any external candidates, because most people working at that level wouldn't accept an arrangement where a consultant is running the show behind the scenes. The city will try to position this as a cost-saving measure because they didn't spend a few hundred dollars in recruitment costs; though in reality given the economic downtown and low cost of San Leandro real estate due to foreclosures--we probably could have snagged a competent person for a decent salary. Unfortunately, the city doesn't understand the ROI hiring smart, qualified people for high level jobs--Luke Sims is a prime example. It just goes to show our city officials don't like to hire people smarter than they are--which means the bar has been set incredibly low; and anyone with common sense on budget priorities, smart growth and business development won't be considered.

Frank

Posted by: Frank at December 17, 2008 3:49 PM
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