Concerns about the city’s finances did not convince Richmond City Council that a new city manager is needed.
By a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay’s (pictured on left) contract was renewed for four years, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Lindsay is one of the East Bay’s highest paid employees at $270,000 per year, the Times reported.
The city manager has faced criticism since the city’s recent credit downgrades by Moody’s and was accused of not being transparent about the city’s financial struggles. But he’s also been called a capable and dedicated leader who has had a significantly positive impact in the city, and is credited with rescuing the city from a financial abyss after his hiring in 2005. He has been fiercely supported by Mayor Tom Butt.
Butt along with Councilmembers Gayle McLaughlin, Jovanka Beckles, Jael Myrick and Eduardo Martinez voted in favor of renewing Lindsay’s contract. Councilmembers Nat Bates and Vinay Pimplé voted against.
Read the Times’ piece for more information.