Special Council Meeting Tomorrow to Discuss Santa Clara City Manager Search That’s Taken Four Months So Far

By Robert Haugh

Tomorrow, the Santa Clara City Council has a special meeting to discuss the vacant permanent City manager position. It’s a closed session meeting. It’s the only item on the agenda. 

The public can make comments before the session at 5 p.m. 

Rajeev Batra was appointed as interim City Manager in April.

Batra as retired annuitant can only work 960 hours each fiscal year. So he’s not a full-time City Manager. 

Former City Manager Deanna Santana was ousted in a historic move by the pro-49er Coalition with no succession plan.

Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park voted to fire Santana.

It’s been six months since Santana’s dismissal and there’s still an open recruitment posted for the position. 

The City has been searching for a full time city manager for at least four months. According to multiple sources, there are few if any highly qualified people willing to apply because of the unprofessionalism of the current City Council majority.


  1. If the council is only discussing the open city manager position, why can’t this be done in an open, rather than closed, meeting?

    • It is personnel discussion. It can be about hiring, contracts, salary, etc. All we truly know is it’s about the City manager position. Once action happens in closed session, it’ll come back in open.

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