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Posted on: May 29, 2019

City Council Unanimously Selects New City Manager

The City Council has unanimously approved the selection of Joan Malloy to be Union City’s next City Manager. The decision was announced after a closed session on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Ms. Malloy has been the City’s Economic and Community Development Director for the last ten years, and prior to that served as Planning Manager. As the City’s Economic and Community Development Director, Ms. Malloy manages five distinct divisions: Economic Development, Planning, Building, Housing, and Environmental Programs. Her accomplishments in Union City include overseeing the planning and development of the Station District and Union Landing, shaping the City’s long-range vision through the General Plan process, and most recently, updating plans for the Greater Station District area in order to facilitate more jobs and housing in the area.

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci stated, “The City Council and I are excited to announce the selection of Joan Malloy as our next City Manager. Joan’s career accomplishments coupled with her intimate knowledge of our community and the city organization will allow her to hit the ground running on day one. There are some critical challenges ahead and I am fully confident that Joan is the person to lead Union City through them.”  

Ms. Malloy’s first day on the job is July 1, 2019, pending the approval of an employment agreement. She will be tasked with managing the City’s 230 employees, carrying out city services to a diverse population of 73,000 residents, and overseeing the implementation of the City’s $116 million budget. Her priorities will include realignment of city resources to address an ongoing budget deficit, implementation of the City’s five-year strategic plan, and expanding economic development, jobs and housing opportunities.

Pursuant to State law, Ms. Malloy’s terms of compensation must be discussed and approved at a regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council. Accordingly, the City Council has appointed labor negotiators to return at a future meeting where the city Council will consider and vote on an employment agreement.


The City Council’s selection of Ms. Malloy to the City Manager position comes after a multi-week recruitment and selection process facilitated by CPS HR Consulting. The City Council hired the talent firm to find the next City Manager after current City Manager Antonio E. Acosta announced a June 30, 2019 retirement date. The recruitment was launched in late February and over 60 applications were submitted for consideration. CPS HR Consulting narrowed down the results to five qualified candidates who were interviewed by the City Council earlier this month. After consideration of the five candidates, the City Council unanimously selected Economic and Community Development Director Joan Malloy to be the City’s next City Manager.

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