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City's Finance Director Resigns

Finance director Trace Vesely is leaving next month to take a job with the City of Hayward.

The City of San Leandro is soon to lose its relatively new finance director.

Tracy Vesely confirmed on Friday that she is leaving to take a job as finance director of the neighboring City of Hayward. 

"It was an incredibly difficult decision," Vesely wrote in an email. "However, I was approached by Hayward and offered an opportunity that, after some thoughtful consideration, I feel is a better career fit for me."

Vesely leaves after less than a year on the job, and just weeks after presenting the city with its first — without dipping into reserves — in several years.

She was hired in October of last year after serving as Berkeley's budget director. Vesely worked for the City of Berkeley for over 12 years.

Vesely said she would be leaving her post in San Leandro City Hall in early July. She said she was "thankful for the opportunity to work with such a high-caliber set of employees," especially the Finance Department staff. 

Thomas Clarke June 10, 2011 at 06:14 PM
I am sure that there is no truth to oft repeated rumor in San Leandro that there are few folks who want to stick around under the leadership of Mayor Stephen Cassidy. Just a coincidence that the City Manager and Budget Director have quit now? Just shows that the team building skills that Mayor Cassidy has yet to learn or demonstrate are now becoming a real part of his legacy to the city. Qualified and skilled folks are running away and what nothing to do with the amateur night on display once a week or so.
Mike Katz-Lacabe June 10, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Thomas, You may recall that City Manager Stephen Hollister tendered his resignation shortly after a closed session meeting under former Mayor Tony Santos. As for Finance Director Tracy Vesely, I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Vesely was Budget Director for the City of Berkeley while Fran David, the current Hayward City Manager, was the Director of the Finance Department for the City of Berkeley. They worked together in Berkeley for at least three years.
Paul Garza June 10, 2011 at 06:59 PM
It is no coincidence at all. Hollister knew the type of Mayor that was coming in and Tracy has had enough of Mayor Cassidy and his lack of skills when it comes to dealing with people, just ask the Council and other staff members.
Barry Kane June 10, 2011 at 07:57 PM
I have heard nothing but negative comments about our Mayor's interpersonal skills with the Council members and with city staff and it scares me to be honest. I voted for our Mayor so I hope it is just transition pains and not what we are in for his full term, if so the City is in trouble as this is no time for leadership issues.
Fran June 10, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Too bad, she seemed pretty good. Should hire her for city manager.
Thomas Clarke June 11, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Fran, I agree with you that she was doing a good job.
Thomas Clarke June 11, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Barry, you are right to be scared. The mayor is operating the city without remembering that coalitions and bridges must be built, not burned. I am not fan of Tony Santos, but there is a lot that Mayor Cassidy has not bothered to learn and practice. A fine city government is going down the tubes all because the Mayor cannot figure out how to act. When the professionals leave, and two significant have now, we will be left with amateur night and bankruptcy.

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