Tuesday, December 21, 2010

San Leandro City Manager's Surprise Resignation

Steven Tavares

S.L.City Manager
Stephen Hollister resigns
As a wave of uncertainty continued to flow into San Leandro at rate unexpected only a month ago, Mayor Stephen Cassidy was sworn-in Monday night in council chambers. In past weeks, changes were already moving towards San Leandro. City Manager Stephen Hollister hired the city first female police chief in the city's history along with a full-time finance director to lead the city's budget woes back to respectability. New people in important position throughout the city structure are now the norm. Add another: Santos announced after closed session meetings, that Hollister had offered his resignation, ending June 30, 2011.

Councilmember Jim Prola and Michael Gregory and Santos would not discuss the events leading to the Hollister's resignation. During the past few weeks, closed session agenda items contain performance reviews for Hollister's work as city manager. From the timing of the resignation--just minutes before the next mayor is installed lead most to suggest Hollister's support had greatly dwindled over the past year. His reputation for not being able to cozy himself up to small businesses and the Chamber of Commerce may lead to speculation the next city manager will possess a greater expertise on keeping existing commerce in San Leandro, while, more importantly, attracting the next big thing in small and large-sized corporations.

Hollister replaced long-tme City Manager John Jermanis, who was in the auduence Monday night, Many of Hollister's detractors took umbrage over living in nearby Castro Valley and not San Leandro. Retiring Chief Ian Willis also took some of the same shots for living outside city limits.

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Hollister is a liar and an incompetent. He hired a Deputy and Assistant City Manager to do any real work. He lives in Castro Valley and publicly stated at an open forum on crime that he wouldn't let his children go to San Leandro's movie theater because it was unsafe.

He has only worked in city administration in po-dunk Central Valley towns with 20% unemployment - and thanks to him and Tony Santos; San Leandro is on that same economic path.

Good riddance, a-hole!

What a vicious and exceedingly infantile attack on a hardworking, upstanding, and honest civil servant who had only the best interests of the city at heart. If this comment represents how people in San Leandro think, then it is easy to understand why the man chose to resign.

Let us see here, new union contract, new police chief, new source of alternate funding through the sales tax, new senior center, soon to be revealed $5M, new city manager, new mayor and a new key to the city. What a future. Not. Robert

"He was hardworking, upstanding, and honest civil servant", Your expectation must be verrrry low to say the least. He chose to resign because they were not renewing his contract. San Leandro will be better off without "civil Servants" like him who obviously are only serving themselves.

The first comment was correct; get your ass out of town you overpaid creep.

I found him to be much less effective at building relationships with our business community and he never really liked or bonded with San Leandro either, it was pretty obvious he was not a good fit to lead the city into the future and he could not perform in retaining or developing new businesses for the city either. This is the best choice for both the city and Mr. Hollister.

Hopefully, he will eventually move out of state and not mess up any more towns in California with his failed leadership. I'll bet his contract had a clause that gave him a year's free wages if he resigns--maybe he can get a job at McDonalds and stave off home foreclosure while his kids get through Castro Valley High School.

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