Even during a shelter in place, the critical daily work of our City continues. I want to thank every City of Oakland employee who thrives in their role as an
Oakland Place Keeper
, as captured in the video above.
Our leadership team also has a great new addition. On Friday, after a thorough national search, I announced the
appointment of Ed Reiskin
as Oakland’s new City Administrator.
Ed started his distinguished public service career in Oakland and returned in 2019, where he immediately showed extraordinary leadership during the power shutdowns and has continued during this unprecedented pandemic. Ed will officially begin after a confirmation vote, which is expected at the next regular City Council meeting scheduled for April 21.
I am also proud to make two announcements in our top public safety positions.
appointed Susan Manheimer
as Interim Police Chief. Chief Manheimer, who will begin Monday, served nearly 20 years as the Police Chief in San Mateo and was the first woman elected as head of the California Police Chiefs Association and the San Mateo County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association.
Also effective April 4, Deputy Fire Chief Melinda Drayton began her service as Interim Fire Chief. Chief Drayton has served Oakland residents with excellence for 22 years.
As we all continue to move through these trying times together, I could not be more proud of the leadership and dedication shown by every employee who serves Oakland.
Mayor Libby Schaaf