OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland’s assistant city administrator has been named to replace City Administrator Deanna Santana effective noon on Tuesday in a sudden announcement by Mayor Jean Quan Tuesday afternoon.
Fred Blackwell will replace Santana, who is departing the position for reasons undisclosed in the mayor’s announcement.
“I knew when I hired Deanna that if she was successful in Oakland, larger cities would begin recruiting her,” Quan said in a statement. “It’s clear that’s happening now: major cities across the country want to try what Oakland has been doing.”
In recent months, Santana has been a linked to city manager positions in Dallas and Phoenix, however both jobs have been filled with candidates from within their respective city governments and Santana has not announced that she is leaving for any particular position.