He lasted just over three years, which seems about the norm for a Davis City Manager. Dirk Brazil was hired in the fall of 2014 and announced via email to staff on Monday that his last day will be January 12, 2018.
In his email he said simply, “I am retiring.” And that, “I will spend the next 4 months working with the City Council and Leadership Team on a smooth transition to a new City Manager.”
The council scheduled a closed session item for Tuesday (tonight) in the evening to begin their discussions. Four months is an abbreviated time to do a city manager search, with the last few taking over six months.
In his email he said, “‘Why retire you ask? A variety of reasons – all of them fairly selfish, frankly – and none of which involve any of you. Since I became City Manager, every one of you has been helpful and supportive, making me look like I know what I am doing every single day.” He added, “I will always be grateful.”
Robb Davis sent the Vanguard a statement, as the city declined to put out a press release: “Over the last three years Dirk has successfully worked with the City Council and staff to move several key initiatives forward. He has brought in critical outside talent to 1) develop a high-quality fiscal model that creates greater transparency for our budgeting process; 2) analyze staff models for service delivery going forward; and 3) create Davis’ first housing first ‘Pathways’ program to move homeless individuals off the street into permanent housing.”
The mayor continued, “Dirk has also hired experienced leadership for our Parks and Human Resources Department. Dirk has worked closely with the Council to move forward a clear list of goals that guide our work.”
He added, “Dirk’s non-anxious approach to problem solving and solid relationships with many actors around the county has stood the City in good stead. I wish him the best as he launches into the next phase of his life.”
Previous city managers included Bill Emlen, who was in place from 2006 to 2010, and Steve Pinkerton from 2011 until early 2014.
The Vanguard will have additional information as it becomes available.
—David M. Greenwald reporting