An open email to Oakley City Attorney is contained in the link below. The selection of a new City Manager is THE most important task delegated to the City Council. Oakley’s selection process is tainted from the beginning. Mayor Higgins and Vice Mayor Pope took it upon themselves to meet as an “ad hoc selection committee” without consulting with other council members. The rationale was, “we always do it that way.” Please keep in mind neither Higgins nor Pope participated in a City Manager selection process. The email sets out my expectations. Oakley residents deserve the best City Manager that can be located on a nationwide search. If we are not diligent, Oakley will become an Indio with “certain council members” making the selection.