City to welcome a new assistant manager

City to welcome a new assistant manager

Michele Ellson

An Alameda resident and onetime city employee who helped stabilize another East Bay city through a financial and political crisis is returning to City Hall as Alameda’s new assistant city manager.

Liz Warmerdam will rejoin Alameda’s city staff in her new role on January 22. Her starting salary will be $172,941, and she will be introduced at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

“I’m really looking forward to being back in Alameda. I feel like I’m coming home,” said Warmerdam, who now serves as deputy city manager for the city of Hercules, where she oversees human resources, the city’s garbage and sewer franchises and its municipal utility, which the city is in the process of selling.

City Manager John Russo said Warmerdam’s experience in dealing with budgets – and difficult situations – were key selling points, along with her stint as Hercules’ top administrator.

“Elizabeth is very much been tested under fire. That was a big selling point,” said Russo, who said the city interviewed five of the 50 or 60 people who applied for the job.

Warmerdam joined that city as a consultant in 2005 was named the city’s finance director in October 2010 as its then-interim city manager, Charles Long, uncovered problems with the city’s finances and accounting that included deficits he said had been caused by a prior administration’s unchecked spending. She became the city’s interim manager in 2011 until a new permanent manager was found.

Warmerdam earned dual masters’ degrees in public administration and city planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after a five-year stint in the U.S. Army, where she attained the rank of captain. She worked as a management analyst for the City of Alameda before serving as assistant to the city manager of Pinole.

The Western New York native has lived in California for 15 years.

Warmerdam will take over for Lisa Goldman, who’s leaving Alameda to become city manager in Burlingame. Deputy City Manager Alex Nguyen, who will assume some of Goldman’s old duties, will likely be promoted to an assistant city manager’s rank next year.


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Submitted by Maria on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

I wish her all the best! I do want to point out the the governor of California takes home $165,288.