UPDATED: CITY MANAGER KURITA RESIGNS
City Manager Debra Kurita has resigned, Mayor Beverly Johnson said today.
Kurita submitted her resignation at around a quarter after four today, Johnson said.
“It’s always regrettable to lose someone on your senior management team,” Johnson said. “I wish her the best. She has a lot to be proud of here in Alameda.”
The Island has not yet reached Kurita for comment. But in an e-mail to city employees obtained by The Island, she said that while she and the city council agreed on many goals for the future of the city, they differed on how to achieve these goals.
Assistant City Manager David Brandt will step in until the city can hire an interim manager, Johnson said. She said the council should discuss an interim at its meeting Tuesday night.
Kurita was appointed to the city manager’s job in August 2005 replacing former manager Jim Flint. She had served as assistant city manager in Santa Ana for more than 15 years and worked in the Southern California cities of Torrance and Lawndale before that. She was Alameda’s first female city manager.
“Debra Kurita has exactly the right mix of professional accomplishments and personal achievements to lead the Alameda city staff. She brings a deep knowledge of municipal finance and human resource issues to our community, as well as a reputation as a caring, competent manager,” Mayor Beverly Johnson said when Kurita was hired.
Her original, three-year contract came with a salary of $180,000.
We’ll update as more news becomes available. In the meantime, here’s the text of that email:
To all employees,
The City Council members and I have met to discuss my role as City Manager and the direction of the City organization. Although we share many goals for the future of this City, we do differ in the manner in which to achieve these goals. Therefore, I have tendered my resignation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure here as Alameda’s City Manager, and am proud of what we have accomplished these past three and one-half years together. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful City executive team and departmental staff. After 27 years in city government, it is time for me to meet new challenges in my professional life. During this transition, I look forward to enjoying time with family and friends.
David Brandt will serve as Acting City Manager until further notice.
I wish each of you the very best in your careers here with the City.