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City Leader - Interim Manager Accepts Position
Its official, Tammy Alcantor has accepted the position of Escalon City Manager, moving from an interim role to a permanent one, agreeing with the city council on the move. - photo by Times File Photo

You can take the ‘interim’ out of the title.

Tammy Alcantor is now the new Escalon City Manager, agreeing in closed session with the council at a special meeting on Oct. 15 to accept the position.

“I decided to take the step,” Alcantor confirmed on Thursday.

The appointment was made official at the Oct. 20 Escalon City Council meeting, with Alcantor filling the role on a permanent basis, after having served as interim for the last several months in addition to her Finance Director and City Clerk roles.

Some of those duties, she said, will be shuffled around and a current part-time position with the city will be made full-time to take on some of the work.

For her part, Alcantor said she is excited to be official and wants to keep working side by side with council members and city department heads to keep the city moving forward in a positive direction.

“The appointment is retroactive to Oct. 1,” Alcantor explained. “We had discussions the middle of September … we came to an agreement.”

Alcantor said she will continue on as the financial officer for the city as well.

Meanwhile, longtime engineering tech Dave Ruby has left the city and officials have agreed to seek a Development Services Manager that will encompass Ruby’s position along with other planning duties, and will serve as a liaison for Alcantor and some of the city departments.

“We all were in agreement, she’s the best person for the position,” said Escalon Mayor Pro Tem Gary Haskin. “We went through the interview process a year and a half ago; no one was coming anywhere close to her performance here in town.”

Though Alcantor is holding down plenty of responsibility, Haskin said she has been able to juggle it all efficiently and effectively.

“She’s homegrown, doing an excellent job,” he said, adding that the council was pleased to be able to promote from within, even after looking at outside applicants.

The council approved Alcantor’s selection as city manager by a 5-0 vote at the Oct. 20 council meeting.

Haskin said he is confident in the direction the city has taken.

“She has ambition and dedication toward the job,” he said of Alcantor.