Quan announces staff appointments

January 6, 2011 3:15:24 PM PST
New Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who was sworn in on Monday, has already announced several key staff appointments, although she isn't expected to name a new city administrator until late this month or early next month.

Quan said former Emeryville City Manager John Flores has volunteered to serve as an adviser in the city administrator's office overseeing Oakland's budget and economic development.

Sabrina Landreth, an analyst in the city's budget office, will replace Cheryl Taylor as Oakland's budget director, Quan said.

The mayor typically presents the proposed budget in May, but Quan said in a statement that she plans to present the budget two months ahead of schedule, in March, "so that the community and the council will have more time to analyze and provide comments on the budget."

In other appointments, Lewis Cohen will be senior policy analyst for education, Richard Cowan will be a special assistant to the mayor for board and commission appointments, Maisha Everhart will be special assistant to the mayor for federal relations and Reygan Harmon will be senior policy analyst for public safety.

In addition, Ellen Dillard will be Quan's administrative assistant and scheduler, Arturo Sanchez will advise on public safety, blight and special projects and Sue Piper will serve as Quan's spokeswoman in her role as special assistant to the mayor for communications.

Current City Administrator Dan Lindheim, who was appointed to the post by former Mayor Ron Dellums, will continue to work for the city until Quan names his successor.

Quan said, "My mayoral office staff is purposefully small. As a strong mayor, I plan to better integrate the city administrator and mayor's offices into an executive office to provide more cohesive leadership."

Quan, who promises to be more accessible to the public and the news media than Dellums was, spoke to the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club this morning and is scheduled to hold a media briefing this afternoon. She has pledged to hold media briefings every week.