Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz announces retirement

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

The city of Berkeley’s City Manager Phil Kamlarz announced his retirement Monday after serving the city for 36 years, Berkeleyside reported.

Kamlarz, who has been city manager for eight years, will leave his post Nov. 30.

In an interview with Berkeleyside, Mayor Tom Bates said he would recommend the appointment of Deputy City Manager Christine Daniel as interim city manager, with an evaluation after six months for the permanent role.

Before serving as city manager, Kamlarz served as the city’s deputy city manager and acting city manager.

Bates released the following statement Tuesday:

Phil Kamlarz has devoted 36 years of his profession life to the City of Berkeley. For the past eight years, we have been tremendously fortunate to have his steady financial and organization management skills maneuver us through very tough times.

Serving with Phil, first as Deputy City Manager, and then as City Manager has been a wonderful experience. I thank Phil for more than three and half decades of service and his untiring commitment to our community.

I wish him a relaxing and well-deserved retirement.

Kamlarz sent the following memo to City Council late Monday afternoon.

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OCTOBER 03, 2011