UPDATED Brandt appears headed for Oregon
According to local news reports in Oregon, Brandt, who has served the Island since 1996, is the Redmond City Council’s top candidate for the job. City leaders will be in town to check Brandt’s bona fides and will likely vote on whether to hire Brandt next week. If he is hired, he could head up to Oregon by Labor Day, he said.
Brandt said his predecessor in his current job, Paul Benoit, had contacted him about the position (Benoit’s the city manager of Astoria, Oregon), so he applied. When I talked to him, it sounded like he was drawn in large part by lifestyle issues that include the shorter commute, better weather, outdoor activities and small-town atmosphere. He said he also got on well with the city’s staff and council. (And if you’re wondering, it sounds like he wasn’t seeking the city manager’s job here.)
Brandt said he also liked the area’s regional perspective, which contrasts with the competition cities engage in here. He reportedly told the city council and residents during their interviews with finalists for the job last week that his main goal is to help the central Oregon city of 23,500, which is just north of Bend, diversify its economic base.
If he is hired, he will have beat out 64 other candidates for the job.
The city manager’s office in Redmond didn’t return a call seeking comment.
Brandt worked for the Alameda City Attorney’s office for just shy of a decade before getting the assistant city manager’s job, in March 2006. He has a bachelor’s in economics, a master’s in urban planning and a law degree.
In addition to his current title, Brandt was recently tapped to run the Island’s Planning & Building Department. As assistant city manager, he has been active in the management of several of the city’s big development projects, most notably Alameda Point. Last week he listed priorities for the department that included streamlining the city’s archaic and contradictory zoning codes.
Members of the City Council said Wednesday that they’ll be sorry to see Brandt go.
“I will miss David. He is very bright and capable (and) has really good institutional knowledge which is not easily replaced,” Councilman Frank Matarrese said.
Mayor Beverly Johnson said she will also be sorry to see Brandt go.
“I think that David’s done a very good job here in Alameda,” Johnson said. “I wish him the best.”
Brandt had good things to say about the gig he’d be leaving.
“This is a really interesting job,” Brandt said. “It will be exciting for whoever takes over.”