UPDATE: Vallejo council backs plan to name Malone as interim city manager

by John Glidden | glid24@protonmail.com | Sept. 1, 2021

VALLEJO – Multiple sources have confirmed to JohnGlidden.com that the Vallejo City Council has directed staff to open negotiations with Mike Malone for possible appointment as interim city manager.

The council voted 5-2 during a special closed session Tuesday night to begin the process of naming Malone, who currently serves as the city’s water director, as interim city manager. Councilmembers Mina Loera-Diaz, and Christina Arriola were opposed, according to the sources.

Interim City Manager Anne Cardwell couldn’t be immediately reached regarding the council’s decision.

Councilwoman Pippin Dew declined to comment when asked how she voted in closed session and whether she backs Malone for interim city manager

“Your e-mail requests that I provide you information about a closed session. To either confirm, deny, or comment upon matters relating to a closed session is a violation of the Brown Act,  and other provisions of the California Government Code, something I am not willing to do,” Dew wrote in an email response to JohnGlidden.com. “Is it normal for journalists to make requests to elected officials inviting them to commit such violations?”

The remaining members of the council also couldn’t be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.

Sources previously said that Cardwell, who is leaving Vallejo on Oct. 7., recommended Malone for the position.

If appointed, Malone will be Vallejo’s third city manager in 2021. Cardwell, who entered the year as assistant city manager, was named interim city manager in late July – about two months after then-City Manager Greg Nyhoff suddenly left City Hall.

The council eventually approved a $577,536 resignation and separation agreement with Nyhoff in early July.

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Published by John Glidden

John Glidden is a freelance journalist reporting on the city of Vallejo. The native Vallejoan also covers the local school district, Vallejo elections, and public safety.

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