Burlingame Selects New City Manager

Lisa Goldman will take over as the new City Manager of Burlingame.

Burlingame City officials have selected a new City Manager. Beginning on December 27, Lisa Goldman will take the reins, following a nation-wide search for current City Manager Jim Nantell’s replacement.

Goldman has served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Alameda since 2007 and was chosen from a field of 56 applicants.

“Right from the onset of reviewing Ms. Goldman’s resume and credentials, the Council was very impressed with Lisa,” said Vice Mayor and incoming Mayor Ann Keighran. “Her experience as the acting city manager in a difficult time for the City of Alameda and the research she had undertaken relative to the City of Burlingame was very impressive.”

Goldman has spent more than 22 years working in government and non-profits. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in History from Harvard University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. She also belongs to the International City/County Management Association.

The City Council will review Goldman’s appointment at its Monday night meeting.

“Lisa Goldman is a top-flight municipal administrator. Greatly respected by her peers throughout the state, Lisa has a masterful command of the operational issues confronting 21st century California cities, especially finance and budget,” said Alameda City Manager John A. Russo. “Her colleagues at the City of Alameda will her. I am confident Burlingame will be delighted with her work.”

Goldman replaces Jim Nantell. His retirement became official on December 31, 2011, but he remained in his position on a hourly basis to finish important City projects while his replacement was found.

Nantell is heavily involved in important City initiatives such as the downtown Burlingame Avenue streetscape improvement, expanding the Central County Fire Department to included Millbrae and San Mateo, the development of downtown parking lots, labor negotiations with City labor organizations and more.

“You have been a phenomenal leader,” said Vice Keighran at a January meeting. “I’m sure the community overall has appreciated your dedication.”


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Andrew Peceimer November 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Why would we hire the city manager to be an employee? It is my understanding the city manager negotiates with the public unions for benefits and wages that the city manager will also receive. Thus does it make sense to have the city manager be in a conflict of interest? Correct me if I am wrong.
norma o'connor November 20, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I hope that there will be some kind of event, that the public can attend, for Jim. He has done an outstanding job and should be recognized. RSVP


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