Alameda’s Assistant City Manager Girard “Gerry” Beaudin had a really good Tuesday – he was approved for not one, but two City Manager positions last evening. Alameda’s City Council voted at their Tue. April 19 meeting to appoint Beaudin as Interim City Manager, replacing Eric Levitt, who is leaving the city May 2 for a similar post in Fullerton.
At almost the exact same time, Pleasanton’s City Council voted to approve him as their new City Manager, filling the position held by Nelson Fialho, who retired from the Pleasanton job in November, 2021.
Alameda’s contract for Beaudin’s position calls for a $278,409 annual salary, beginning on May 3, 2022. However, just twenty days later on May 23, 2022, he will rejoin the City of Pleasanton at a slightly higher annual salary of $280,000 per year.
He has been serving as Assistant City Manager since August of 2019, when he came to Alameda from Pleasanton. He most recently served as that city’s Community Development Manager for four years.
Approval of Beaudin’s contract to be Alameda’s Interim City Manager was listed under the consent calendar for last night’s agenda and was pulled for a vote. After a brief discussion involving City Attorney Yibin Shen and Human Resources Director Nancy Bronstein, Council voted 5-0 to approve his contract. No mention was made of the Pleasanton job during the discussion.
Following Pleasanton City Council’s action, Beaudin said, “I am honored to have been appointed as Pleasanton’s City Manager. I look forward to working with the City Council, the organization, and the community to foster the special environment that exists today and to help prepare the community for the future.”
Pleasanton’s Mayor, Karla Brown, said, “The combination of Gerry’s experience and expertise in city governance, combined with his knowledge of Pleasanton, makes him incredibly well qualified to serve as our city manager as he collaborates with the Council and community to ensure our outstanding quality of life.”
Gerry Beaudin’s and Eric Levitt’s departures mean that Alameda’s City Council will have to find replacements to fill the city’s two top positions at the same time. It is unclear who might be qualified within current City ranks to get promoted or to step in on an interim basis, or if the City will have to scramble to hire someone from outside Alameda.