Union City’s Longtime City Manager to Retire This Month

Union City’s top administrator, Larry Cheeves, will step down on December 23, ending an esteemed 25-year career with the city. Cheeves had previously told council members that he would stay on board for additional time if the city’s half-cent sales tax measure failed to pass. But with voter approval of Measure JJ last month, Cheeves is now free to go.

Cheeves is the city’s longest-serving senior manager. He was hired as interim city manager in 2001 and 2003, assuming the permanent position and title shortly thereafter. He had previously worked as the City’s Public Works Director following stints in Cerritos and other municipalities.

"He has so much character," said Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci. "When he makes a commitment he sticks to it."

Cheeves has received credit for a number of key development projects during his tenure.

"Under Larry's leadership, more than 100 acres of land (in the Station district) with a negative value is now generating property taxes for all jurisdictions," said Redvelopment Manager Mark Evanoff. In addition, the city welcomed the Union Landing shopping center, transit center, the flight 93 memorial, and a 12,000 square-foot gymnasium.

Cheeves’ retirement comes on the heels on several other key departures. The city recently hired a new new police chief, city clerk, and spokeswoman. Cheeves, meanwhile, is being replaced by Deputy City Manager Tony Acosta.

Read more about Cheeve’s retirement here.