Employment Agreements – City of Vallejo

Greg Nyhoff, Vallejo city manager, January 22, 2018 – present

Employment Agreement (Entered into on December 14, 2017)

The Vallejo city manager serves as chief executive officer of the city. Hired by the Vallejo City Council, the city manager reports directly to the seven-person council.

Teri Killgore, interim Vallejo city manager, November 11, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Employment Agreement (Entered into September 2017)

Daniel Keen, Vallejo city manager, March 5, 2012 – November 2017

First Amendment to Employment Agreement (2015)

Employment Agreement (Entered into on January 18, 2012)

Signature Page Employment Agreement (2012)

Slater Matzke, senior advisor to City Manager Greg Nyhoff, January 20 – April 23, 2020

Matzke began with the city as a FUSE Executive Fellow — tasked with improving the city’s image and also bringing investment opportunities to Vallejo — in September 2016. When his year term ended, the city hired Matzke as a consultant aiding the city’s economic development and marketing.

He was then named as senior advisor to Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff before he was terminated in April 2020.

Conditional Offer of Employment (January 2020)

Fourth Amendment to Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (December 2019)

Third Amendment to Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (July 2019)

Second Amendment to Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (July 2018)

First Amendment to Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (June 2018)

Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (October 2017)


Paul Kelley, senior advisor to City Manager Greg Nyhoff, May 2020 – Present

Conditional Offer of Employment (May 2020)

Offer of Employment (March 2020)


Howard Jordan, senior advisor to City Manager Greg Nyhoff, May 2019 – June 2020

Statement of Work (2019)


Gillian Hayes, interim deputy city manager, October 2020 – present

Hired as the city’s planning & development services director in October 2019 (see below), Hayes was promoted to interim deputy city manager in October 2020.

Differential Pay Authorization as Interim Deputy City Manager (2020)

Heather Ruiz, interim deputy city manager, October 2020 – March 2021

Hired as the city’s human resources director in July 2018, Ruiz was promoted to interim deputy city manager in October 2020. Ruiz left the city organization in March 2021 to take a job with the city of Napa.

Differential Pay Authorization as Interim Deputy City Manager (2020)


Will Morat, assistant to the city manager for economic development*, December 2013 – April 2020

*Morat was first hired in December 2013 as an administrative analyst in the city manager’s office. He served in multiple roles within City Hall before becoming assistant to the city manager for economic development. Morat was terminated in April 2020.

Offer of Employment (December 2013)

Joanna Altman, assistant to the city manager for communications & special projects*, October 2012 – April 2020

*Altman was first hired in October 2012 as an administrative analyst II in the city manager’s office. She was elevated to the position of assistant to the city manager for communications & special projects. Altman was terminated in April 2020.

Offer of Employment (September 2012)


Veronica Nebb, Vallejo city attorney, November 2020 – present

Employment Agreement (2020)

Randy Risner, interim Vallejo city attorney, February – November 2020

Interim Employment Offer as City Attorney (2020)

Started working with city of Vallejo in December 2018 as chief assistant city attorney. Promoted to interim CA in February 2020 with departure of CA Claudia Quintana. Returned to chief assistant CA position with hiring of Veronica Nebb as CA in November 2020.

Conditional Offer of Employment (2018)

Claudia Quintana, Vallejo city attorney, 2012 – April 2020

Second Amendment to Employment Agreement (2019)

First Amendment to Employment Agreement (2018)

Employment Agreement (2012)

Retirement letter – redacted (October 2019)

Retirement announcement (October 2019)


Shawny Williams, Vallejo police chief, 2019 – present

Employment Agreement (2019)

Joseph Allio, interim Vallejo police chief, July to November 2019

Offer of Employment (2019)

Interim assistant police chief, July to October 2020

Offer of Employment (2020)

Andrew Bidou, Vallejo police chief, 2014 – 2019

Second Amendment to Employment Agreement (2018)

First Amendment to Employment Agreement (2016)

Employment Agreement (2014)

Joseph Kreins, Vallejo police chief, 2012 – 2014

Employment Agreement Interim Police Chief (February 2014)

Employment Agreement Police Chief (December 2012)

Employment Agreement Interim Police Chief (July 2012)

Interim deputy chief of police, December 2020 – present

Offer of Employment (November 2020)


Michael Kihmm, deputy chief of police, December 2020 – present

Conditional Offer of Employment (December 2020)


Kyle Long, interim fire chief, April 2021 – present

Daryl Arbuthnott, Vallejo fire chief, January 2019 – April17, 2021

Resignation Agreement (April 2020)

Conditional Offer of Employment (November 2018)

Jack McArthur, Vallejo fire chief, 2014 – June 2018

Employment Agreement (2014)


Christina Ratcliffe, interim planning & development services director, October 2020 – present*

*Ratcliffe was originally hired as the city’s planning manager before being swiftly promoted to interim planning & development services director.

Gillian Hayes, planning & development services director, October 2019 – October 2020*

*Hayes was promoted to interim deputy city manager in October 2020. (See above).

Employment Agreement (2019)

Revised Offer of Employment (November 15, 2019)

Conditional Offer of Employment (September 4, 2019)

Mandale “Rob” White, planning & development services director, December 2018 – April 2019

Separation Agreement and Release of Claims (April 2019)


Steve Arnold, chief building inspector, present

The chief building inspector reports to the planning & development services director.

Lonell Butler, chief building inspector


Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch, planning manager*

Kavanaugh-Lynch was hired as planning manager with the promotion of Christina Ratcliffe to interim planning & development services director.

The planning manager reports directly to the planning & development services director.

Christina Ratcliffe, planning manager*

Ratcliffe was hired as planning manager before being promoted to interim planning & development services director, when Gillian Hayes was promoted to interim deputy city manager.

Afshan Hamid, planning manager, September 2017 – June 2020.


Mike Malone, water director, April 2017 – present

Final Job Offer and Employment Contract (2017)


Racheal Frederick-Vijay, homeless services coordinator, May 2019 – March/April 2021

Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (May 2019)

Consultant and Professional Services Agreement (July 2019)


Greater Vallejo Recreation District

Gabe Lanusse, general manager, July 2017 – present

Employment MOU (2020)

Second Addendum to Employment MOU (2019)

Employment MOU (2017)

Last updated: May 7, 2021

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