City Manager

The City Manager serves as the chief executive officer responsible for day-to-day administration of Vallejo's City affairs and implementation of City Council policies.

Senior Leadership Team and Bios

2020 Senior Leadership Team

Left to Right - Back row: Will Morat, Terrance Davis, Michelle Straub, Greg Nyhoff, Chief Arbuthnott, Chief Bidou, Joanna Altman, Erika Leahy -
Front Row  - Mike Malone, Rekha Nayar, Claudia Quintana, Anne Cardwell, Dawn Abrahamson (and Every) Judy Shepard-Hall, Greg Taylor

Greg Nyhoff, City Manager

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Anne Cardwell, Assistant City Manager

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Claudia Quintana, City Attorney

Bio coming soon.

Shawny Williams, Police Chief

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Daryl Arbuthnott, Fire Chief

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Mike Malone, Water Director

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Terrance Davis, Public Works Director

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Rekha Nayar, Finance Director

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Heather Ruiz, Human Resources Director

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Naveed Ashraf, Chief Innovation Officer

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Judy Shepard-Hall, Housing and Community Development Manager

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Dawn Abrahamson, City Clerk

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Joanna Altman, Assistant to the City Manager

Joanna Altman is the Assistant to the City Manager.  She is responsible for a wide variety of special projects and is the City’s Public Information Officer.  She possesses nearly 12-years of local government experience, beginning her career in the City of Pinole, California.

Ms. Altman currently oversees implementation and regulation of the City’s cannabis ordinance, oversees the City’s Parking and Participatory Budgeting Programs, and staff’s the City’s McCune Collection Commission. Other important duties include collaborating on special projects and communications with other City departments, including organizational development, special events and production of several informative City news and reports. 

Ms. Altman holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield where she competed as a collegiate swimmer.  A native to Vallejo’s neighbor, Benicia, Ms. Altman calls Vallejo a second home.

Will Morat, Assistant to the City Manager

Will MoratBio coming soon.

Erika Leahy, Risk Manager

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Michelle Straub, Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Michelle StraubBio coming soon.

Gillian Hayes, Planning and Development Services Director

Gillian Hayes Bio coming soon.