September 28, 2010 > Special Life Event: Keimach bids adieu to Fremont
Special Life Event: Keimach bids adieu to Fremont
The exodus of key management personnel from the City of Fremont continues as Development Director Jill Keimach will leave her post October 7 and begin duties as Town Manager in Moraga on November 1, 2010. Keimach is the second top level official to leave Fremont in a little over a month; Assistant City Manager Melissa Stevenson Dile resigned August 25 of this year to begin a similar position with the City of Mountain View.
Moraga is a small, primarily rural community, home to St. Mary's College. A bit over nine square miles with a population of less than 17,000 residents, A very different setting, Keimach notes that her career in public service has included small and medium size cities, towns and villages in Illinois, New Hampshire and California.
"This change will give me an opportunity to contribute in a stronger role," says Keimach. Although the community of Moraga and its budget are very different from Fremont, "Many issues are similar whether in large or small communities and just as important to its citizens." She adds that in large cities, the opportunity to know all personnel is limited, while her future duties in Moraga will allow more contact with all employees.
Reminiscent of efforts to revive the Center Theater in Centerville, Moraga recently reopened an old theater as a community supported, nonprofit theater - The New Rheem Theatre - to screen movies, host live performances and dances. Moraga's newest Town Manager is eager to support the new venue and guide revitalization of adjacent commercial properties.
Keimach says she enjoyed working with past and present city councils and sees a bright future for Fremont. "I really enjoyed working with Fremont and feel a strong connection to this city. The community is exceptional and there are many positive things in the future for Fremont."
A replacement for Keimach will be appointed on an "interim" basis until a recruitment process finds a successor.