Emily Harrison to become Santa Clara County deputy executive Palo Alto Issues, posted by Steve Broadbent, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2008 at 9:44 pm
San Jose Mercury News is reporting that "Emily Harrison, Palo Alto's lauded and embattled assistant city manager, will leave her post to become one of three Santa Clara County deputy executives, officials announced this afternoon."
Posted by Supporter, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2008 at 6:48 am
This is an unfortunate loss for Palo Alto. Emily is the one who has worked many long hours and held this City together. When her Boss was so unfortunately indisposed she stepped right up and managed this City seamlessly.
To all those bloggers who have been calling for her to leave, you've got your way, but it will be Palo Alto's loss. As residents of Santa Clara County, however, we will continue to be on the receiving end of her smart working skills.
Congratulations Emily, God speed, I wish you all you would wish for yourself in your new position.
Posted by george browning, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2008 at 8:34 am
It's wonderful that many people realize what a great job Emily has done for our City. She does not suffer fools gladly which caused her trouble in our highly politicized community.
In a short period the City will have to replace the city auditor, city manager, assistant city manager, administrative services director, and community services director. It will be a long learning curve for the replacements. Institutional memory is extremely important when guiding a $130M organization.
Good luck and my best wishes go with Emily in her new job.
Posted by Paly Alumni, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2008 at 8:04 pm
I really admired Emily. She worked tirelessly in running this city.
I think it would be impossible to "Be nice" all the time, especially through some of the ridiculous things that she has had to put up with here over the years.
It is amazing that she has lasted this long.
I think most of the citizens really loved Emily, although employees may have seen her differently. It must be hard to be boss, keep within a budget, and have the responsibility of overseeing the numerous breakaway departments running and self policing themselves.
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2008 at 12:02 am
Emily Harrison was a wonderful person who got a bad rap from the city manager and the press. The residents knew whom to turn to, knew who got things done, and knew who was running the ship. God bless and God speed, Emily.
Posted by Utility Bill Payer, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2008 at 10:47 am
"No, the City Attorney is "Top Dog" now, which is just what he wanted". Yes, and he was the guy who advised the CC to settle with Enron's creditors and give them what they asked for - $21M. It was easier for him to settle than to fight, it was less work.
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 13, 2008 at 12:10 pm
Gee, this is not the same City Attorney who failed to respond to my questions about potential workman's compensation claims by the street people working downtown, is it? The same attorney who allowed City funds to be expended for unlicensed "engineering" work?