Hercules hires Dante Hall as new city manager

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Hercules hires Dante Hall as new city manager
Dante Hall (Photo courtesy of Foster City)

Hercules has hired Dante Hall as its new City Manager.

Currently assistant city manager for Foster City, Hall will succeed former Hercules City Manager David Biggs, who left the post at the end of March after seven years to become city manager of Orinda. Steven Falk has been serving in the role in the interim. Hall will take over on Aug. 16.

In a statement, Hall said he was honored to be chosen to lead the City of Hercules.

“Hercules is an extraordinary community and I look forward to working collaboratively in support of our vision to be a premier small city focused on customer service and excellence,” Hall said.

Hall has 25 years of public sector experience in California, having served in various capacities for the cities of Pasadena, El Monte, Half Moon Bay, and Moreno Valley. He’s been assistant city manager for Foster City for the last six years, according to Hercules officials.

“His experience is broad and deep, having served in many different roles including community development, finance, labor negotiations, public works, code enforcement, public information, and emergency services,” the city said. “He has specialized skills in economic development, redevelopment, affordable housing, and capital projects. He has a proven leadership record as a consensus builder, a communicator, and a problem solver.”

Mayor Chris Kelley lauded Hall’s “creativity and breadth of experience in finance, planning and administration.”

Mr. Hall holds a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the City University of New York. He is also a certified Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association.