Amid Massive Shakeup, Novato Hires New Assistant City Manager

Former Novato employee Jessica Deakyne is returning to her old stomping grounds to work as assistant city manager, the Marin Independent Journal reports. 

Deakyne has been working as St. Helena’s assistant city manager. But she was asked to come back to Novato amid a significant shakeup in leadership.

The Novato City Council voted unanimously to terminate City Manager Regan Candelario in August. Acting City Manager Adam McGill then ousted Russ Thompson, one of two assistant city managers. The second assistant city manager, Michael Antwine, resigned.

“In light of our situation — loss of two assistant city managers and one city manager, no finance director and me doing two jobs — there really wasn’t time to conduct a recruitment,” said McGill, “particularly when I knew she was out there and could immediately and positively impact the stability of City Hall and bring back her history and experience.”

Deakyne said she was grateful for the opportunity.

“Novato is my town. I live there. I love that town,” she said. “It’s an incredible opportunity to help rebuild people’s faith in City Hall. How could you turn that down?”


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