By Henrietta J. Burroughs
East Palo Alto Today
Last May, the East Palo Alto City Council reduced its original pool of 90 applicants who applied to be the city’s next top manager down to a list of four.
The list included Craig Ward from Seatac, WA; Mark Lewis from Stockton, CA; Dante Hall from El Monte, CA and Noeliaa Chapa, formerly of Coachella, CA.
From left, Mark Lewis, Noeliaa Chapa, Dante Hall and Craig Ward
One name currently tops the list and that name is Noeliaa Chapa.
When the four candidates met with the East Palo Alto community at a special meeting held in the Municipal Building last spring, Chapa described herself as an agent of change who believed in living in the city where she works.
Now, she might be given a compelling reason to move to East Palo Alto, since the East Palo Alto City Council has held at least two closed sessions to work out the final details of her contract.
Without naming the candidate, East Palo Alto’s Vice Mayor Carlos Romero said, “ I am optimistic that the council and the other person involved will have reached a negotiated contract that’s amenable to all.”
Romero continued, “I’m optimistic that on September 7 [the date of the next city council meeting], we’ll be able to announce who the candidate is.”
By then, we might also know what the terms are. It goes without saying that the city’s official announcement about its next city manager will garner a lot of public attention.