Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana is among five finalists to become Dallas’ next city manager, according to The Dallas Morning News. The Dallas City Council announced the finalists Thursday, which also includes its current interim city manager and candidates from Raleigh, N.C. and Cincinnati. Santana is the only woman among the group, which the paper said, could later include a sixth finalist.
Santana has served as Oakland’s city administrator since August 2011. She was previously deputy city manager in San Jose. Her interest elsewhere comes as a surprise. However, her short time in Oakland has been punctuated
by clashes with some Oakland council members who have charged Santana with overreaching the office’s authority.
A brochure advertising the Dallas job stated the ideal candidate “will demonstrate a commitment to presenting the same full, unbiased, balanced information to all members of the City Council in an apolitical manner and the ability to assist the Council in reaching consensus on complex and sensitive issues.”
The 15-member Dallas City Council is twice as big as Oakland’s. Dallas Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates told The Dallas Morning News, “You have to deal with all those 15 personalities. That’s not easy. It’s probably the toughest job in Dallas.”