Gerry Beaudin, the city of Pleasanton's community development director for the past four years, is stepping down to take an effective promotion as assistant city manager in Alameda.
Beaudin, whose last day working in Pleasanton will be Aug. 9, will become the second-highest-ranking city administrator in Alameda behind first-year City Manager Eric Levitt.
"It's been an honor to serve the city of Pleasanton. The partnerships and collaboration have yielded many positive results, and I wish the organization and the community all the best," Beaudin told the Weekly on Thursday.
Beaudin's departure from Pleasanton will occur soon before the City Council is expected to debate proposed updates to the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) -- one of the city's primary planning projects of the year -- and reconsideration of the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ) is on the horizon later this year as well.
Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho, who indicated he hopes to have a new community development director in place by the end of the year, credited Beaudin for strong leadership during key projects such as the DSP update process, the JDEDZ and associated Costco discussions, and the Workday headquarters expansion.
"Pleasanton has benefited from some outstanding projects under Gerry's leadership, but his internal organizational accomplishments have been equally impressive," Fialho said in a statement. "It has been a privilege working with him over these past few years and watching him develop professionally. Gerry will make an excellent assistant city manager, and we wish him much success."
Beaudin joined the city of Pleasanton almost exactly four years ago -- July 27, 2015 -- succeeding Brian Dolan, who was promoted to Pleasanton's assistant city manager, as the head of the Community Development Department that is responsible for planning, building and safety permitting, traffic engineering and code enforcement.
Beaudin had been zoning administrator in the city of Mountain View, and before that had experience in city planning with Los Altos, South San Francisco and his native Canada.
In Pleasanton, he oversaw Community Development while the Planning Commission and City Council considered a range of housing and commercial development projects and land-use debates -- large and small.
Fialho also called out Beaudin's leadership during internal endeavors such as helping enhance the city's customer service process by streamlining the development review process, introducing new technologies to improve service delivery and developing more predictable zoning standards for property owners.
Fialho said the city plans to start recruiting for Beaudin's successor shortly, with the hiring process expected to take three to six months.
Beaudin's departure should not delay the DSP hearing schedule, with the council still anticipated to hold its first hearing in August or September, according to Cindy Chin, the city's public information officer.
In Alameda, Beaudin will join Levitt's administration that is working to provide a new wave of stability for a city embroiled in a public scandal over the previous year-plus amid the fallout after former city manager Jill Keimach admitted to secretly recording two city council members during a meeting about hiring a new fire chief.
Levitt, who was hired in Alameda from Simi Valley this past February, followed two interim city managers after Keimach was put on leave and ultimately resigned in spring 2018.