Current and former City staff, elected officials, residents, friends and family gathered for a luncheon on May 12 to celebrate the career of retiring Assistant City Manager Craig Whittom. He began his career in 1987 as an economic development analyst. Whittom worked for the City of Vallejo for 27 years, and will be fondly remembered as a public servant that defined professionalism, ethics and dedication.
Whittom was a key member of the Mare Island Conversion Team during the base closure including developing the Reuse Plan, negotiating with the Navy, and recruiting the first private tenants to Mare Island. He guided the City through its successful emergence from bankruptcy, paving the way through uncharted territory, and worked with the City team to restore the City’s fiscal stability, set the stage for private sector investment and preserved affordable housing in the community.
City Manager, Dan Keen, commented, “It is going to be a big change. Whittom has left an indelible mark on the organization – I would say all positive.” City Manager Keen also described Whittom’s contribution as deserving of the highest praise for his strong professional and personal standards, work ethic, and loyalty and commitment to the City of Vallejo. “He is one of the best assistant city managers I have worked with in my career.”
During the luncheon event, Whittom thanked current and former co-workers, City Council members, residents and his family for their support over the nearly three decades of public service. He concluded by acknowledging “Vallejo’s soul” as the reason for his commitment. He will be greatly missed in Vallejo!